Holiday Lights Safety Checklist
It’s crunch time for holiday decorating. But just because you need to string your lights quickly, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it safely. Keep your holidays both merry and bright by following our holiday lights safety checklist.
1. Inspect Light Strings
Check if your lights are damaged and if so, throw them away! Any frayed or cracked cords or broken sockets lead to fires.
2. Replace Burned-Out Bulbs
Sockets without any bulbs can cause the entire string to overheat.
3. Make Sure Exterior Lights are UL-Rated
Unlike the lights inside your home, your exterior lights need to be weather-resistant — including the extension cords!
4. Don’t Attach Light Strands with Nails or Staples
Attaching lights with nails or staples can cut through the wire insulation and be very hazardous. Use UL-approved hangers instead.
5. Take Exterior Lights Down Within 90 Days
If we had it our way, we would keep Christmas lights up year-round. However, the longer they stay up, the more prone they are to weather damage.
6. Store Lights Safely
After the holidays are over, string your lights loosely around a piece of cardboard and wrap it in fabric to protect the bulbs. This will prevent your lights from tangling, so they can be used year after year.
If there’s ever an issue with your electric, the experts at Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric are more than happy to come help — even during the busy holiday season! Give us a call to learn more!
Jupiter: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822
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