Christmas Lights Safety Advice

Christmas Lights Safety Advice

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  • Choose Christmas lights that have been tested and deemed safe. Check packaging for safety notice.
  • Opt for the cooler-burning Christmas lights as opposed to the traditional bulbs. The older style bulbs burn hotter.
  • Ensure to use Christmas lights that have fuses in the plugs.
  • Inspect each set of Christmas lights – old or new – for damage. If new, return any set with cracked or broken sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. If old, dispose of this set.
  • Replace bulbs which are no longer working with new bulbs of the same wattage.
  • Use extension cords properly. Do not overload extension cords.
  • Ensure the lights are not plugged in to an electrical power when inspecting bulbs.
  • Monitor children and pets around Christmas lights.



  • Ever leave your Christmas lights plugged in overnight or when you are not at home.
  • Go near powerlines or feeder lines (these go from the pole to the house).
  • Use tacks or nails to secure outdoor Christmas lights. Instead use insulated holders.
  • Never pull on a string of Christmas lights, it stresses the cords and can lead to fraying. Store Christmas lights loosely wrapped for the same reason.
  • Never hang Christmas lights on a metal tree. The tree can become charged with electricity and shock someone. The tree can also short out the Christmas lights and cause a fire.
  • Use indoor cords outside. When hanging Christmas lights outside use outdoor Christmas lights. It will be noted on the packaging and/or instructions as to where the lights are suitable for usage.


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