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Holiday lighting safety

Trim the tree with safety in mind. A few precautions can help make the holidays a safer time for you and your family.

Lights and trees

  • Only buy an artificial tree with a flame resistant label.
  • Buy LED lights. They last longer and remain cool.
  • Use Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) labeled lights.
  • Check each set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, loose connections or frayed wires. Discard all damaged cords.
  • Don’t connect lights while adjusting them on a tree or house. Inspect lights and plug them together before hanging.
  • Keep light bulbs off tree needles and branches. Position bulbs upright with a clip or twist-tie.
  • Watch kids and pets around lights and other holiday decorations small enough to swallow.
  • Unplug lights when you go to bed or leave home.

Cords and outlets

  • Use a three-prong, grounded, UL labeled extension cord for outdoor lighting.
  • Uncoil extension cords completely before using. Place them away from bulbs and heat sources. 
  • Don’t overload extension cords or outlets.
  • Keep cords out of water and away from metal objects.
  • Never place cords under doors and rugs, or through windows, or other places where they might become damaged.