by silvi | 14:28

Tips for Safe Christmas Decorating It’s almost the holidays, people, that most anticipated time of the year when millions of families across America resurrect decors, flickering lights and electronic Santas from their basements and garages, and prepare for that favorite December activity: decorating. Although holiday decorating is mainly about creating a warm and fun atmosphere for a very special season, you have to remember that a lot of our favorite decorations run on electricity. Stop a needless accident from taking the enjoyment out of your holidays by learning the following tips on d?cor safety: > When buying for lights and electric decorations, as well as extension cords, get only the ones which are UL-listed.
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> If the plan is to decorate outdoors, don’t use lights and decorations that are not rated for this type of use. If you put indoor-only products outside, exposed to the weather, this can lead to fire and electric shock hazards.
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> If you’re not sure as to whether light strings are rated for outdoor or indoor use, just look at the color-coded UL mark on the product’s label – green for indoor only and red for both indoor and outdoor. > Old or new, always inspect all kinds of electric decorations and extension cords before putting them up. Examine plugs, bulbs and wire insulation. Do not use damaged d?cor until they have been professionally checked and fixed. Note that some damages may not be reparable, such as those affecting cords and plugs. In such a case, simply discard the d?cor. > Make it a point to unplug lights before replacing fuses, changing bulbs or doing any kind of repair. > Should you have to replace a bulb on a line of Christmas lights, first check if the new bulb’s rating is a match to the light strand’s. If the bulb’s wattage is higher that it should be, overheating and fire could result. > To avoid electrocution, use ladders made of non-conductive materials (for instance, fiberglass or wood) when hanging Christmas lights outdoors to avoid electrocution. > Never deviate from manufacturer’s instructions when using lights and decorations. > Before decorating, check how how many strands of lights can be safely connected end-to-end (the general rule is 3). > Be conscious about overloading extension cords. Always check your extension cord’s wattage rating, making sure the combined power requirements of your lights or decors do not exceed it. Otherwise, overheating and fire can occur. > Christmas light wires should be check from time to time to make sure they are cool to the touch. Again, the opposite can cause a fire. > Lastly, turn off all your lights and decorations before you retire for the night or leave the house.

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