- All electronic decorations and lights should be certified by a laboratory, like UL, ETL, or CSA.
- Inspect cords and electrical equipment before using them. Cords should not be frayed, cracked, or brittle.
- Turn off or unplug lights before going to sleep. Power strips and timers can help you do this.
- Do not overload extension cords or outlets. Electric overloads can cause shocks and start fires.
- Never tack or nail through a strand of lights. Do not place cords under rugs or in high-traffic areas.
- Outdoor decorations and lights should be plugged into outlets equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). GFCIs detect and prevent dangerous electrical situations where a shock may occur. GFCI protection is very important outdoors, where weather conditions can create shock hazards.
- Only use decorations and lights that are rated for outdoor use outside.
- Never throw holiday lights on trees near power poles.
- If you are using a ladder, stay 10 feet from overhead power lines at all times, in all directions.
- Never string more than three strands of lights together, unless packaging specifically says it is safe to do so.
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