As you make your lists and check them twice, here’s one to help make sure your holiday celebrations are safe and nice.
Connecting more than three strings of incandescent lights together
Overloading outlets with decorations
Using decorations with cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires or loose connections
Connecting multiple extension cords
Improperly using cords by nailing or stapling them, pinching them by furniture, placing them in doors or windows, or covering them with rugs
Leaving home or going to bed without turning off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations
Watering your Christmas Tree daily
Keeping all decorations at least 3 feet away from heating equipment or an open flame
Plugging outdoor electrical decorations into ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) receptacles or portable GFCIs
Following manufacturers' instructions and using products as they were intended regarding indoor and outdoor use
Purchasing electrical decorations from reputable retailers and that are approved by a national recognized testing lab such as UL (Underwriters Laboratory), Intertek (ETL). or Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
Decorating with LED lights, which use less energy and run cooler than traditional incandescent lights.