The holidays are an exciting time, but they can also be dangerous if you aren’t careful when decorating. Holiday lights present a fire hazard that can quickly turn your festive display into a deadly blaze. Here are some holiday light safety tips to help you avoid problems and enjoy the season with peace of mind.
If Christmas lights haven’t been tested, there is a chance they will malfunction and start a fire. When purchasing Christmas lights, make sure everything you buy has been tested for safety and labeled accordingly. If you have older lights that were not tested for safety, throw them away.
Before you put up any lights this year, check each strand carefully for any signs of frayed wires, bare wires, cracked sockets or any other type of damage that could pose a fire hazard. If you find any damaged lights, replace them to prevent a potential disaster.
Never put more than three standard sets of lights on a single extension cord. Putting more sets of lights on a single cord can lead to electrical issues that may start a fire.
If you have a metallic tree, even the best holiday lights can become dangerous. When you place lights on this type of tree, the tree can become charged with electricity if any of the lights are faulty. If the tree is charged with electricity, anyone who touches it could be electrocuted.
Prevent the wind from damaging your outdoor holiday lights and making them hazardous by fastening them securely to your home, trees or any other structure you want to decorate.
When you go to bed or leave your home, turn off all of your holiday lights. Otherwise, a fire may occur when you aren’t around to supervise.
When it comes to fire hazards, candles present a much greater risk than other types of holiday lighting. However, because of the ambiance they provide, many people still like to add them to their holiday displays. If you choose to use candles, make sure that you place them in non-flammable candle holders. Keep your candles away from wrapping paper, as well as any other items or decorations that could be flammable. Never use lighted candles on a tree, and make sure your candles are in locations where they cannot be knocked over or blown over.
If your home includes a fireplace that you plan to use during the holiday season, keep flammable materials away from the fire. You should also keep a screen in front of the fire at all times.
If you plan to have an extensive Christmas display, or if you just aren’t comfortable working with lighting on your own, consider hiring someone to help you with holiday light installation.
Even with all of the proper precautions, a fire or another incident can still occur during the holidays. Before this season begins, review your homeowners insurance coverage to make sure your house is protected.
To discuss your homeowners insurance needs in detail, please call Marine Agency today.
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