Have you already strung the holiday lights on the railings, bushes and trees around your home? Our Customer Service Team wanted to share just a few quick reminders to help avoid overloaded circuits, electrical fires and other hazards surrounding your holiday light extravaganzas…
- Outside Lights
- Never use seasonal lighting outside your home unless it is specifically labeled for outdoor use.
- Connect outside lighting to a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupting (GFCI) outlet. If you don’t have a GFCI outlet, contact a qualified electrician for proper installation.
- Never secure the wiring of outdoor lighting with staples or nails – or place lights on sharp hooks or nails.
- Do not close doors or windows on extension cords, or mount lights in any way that can damage the cord’s wire insulation.
- Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings and replace damaged items before plugging lights in. Some bulbs may have broken while in “storage.” Never overload extension cords.
- Keep kids and pets away from light strings and electrical decorations.
- Unplug all holiday lighting before leaving the house or when going to bed.
- Avoid covering lights with cloth, paper or any material that is not part of the lighting.
- Throw away any lighting that shows cut, damaged or frayed wire insulation or cords. Also discard lights with cracks in lamp holders, loose connections or exposed copper wire.
- Virtually all holiday lighting is provided with overload fuse protection. A blown fuse indicates an overload or short-circuit situation. When this occurs, unplug lights from the outlet immediately and replace the blown fuse.
- If the replacement fuse blows, a short circuit may be present. Either throw the light string away – or return it to the retailer if new.