Twinkling Christmas lights are an integral part of the Christmas magic. There are several types of Christmas lights available to create a beautiful atmosphere. However, even a little bit of carelessness can change this fairytale-like environment into a disaster. So, this holiday season, take the necessary precautions while using Christmas lights and prevent accidents.
Points to Consider While Using Christmas Lights
- Check whether the lights that you are planning to buy are of good quality and meet the specific safety standards. You can get the required information from the packaging.
- Inspect each set of light for damage and discard any broken or cracked ones.
- While replacing any bulbs, use only those with the same wattage.
- Use bulbs with fuses attached to the plugs.
- Never insert or remove bulbs when they are plugged in.
- Check whether the lights are of the outdoor or indoor type and use accordingly.
- Use the new cooler lights, like the “minis,” instead of the larger old fashioned ones, which heat up quickly and pose fire hazards.
- Use proper extension cords when needed and take care not to overload them. Use not more than three standard sets of lights per extension cord.
- Avoid stretching the strings of lights as this leads to the fraying of the cords, leading to accidents.
- Desist from hanging lights on metallic Christmas trees as it may cause electric shock.
- Use RCD for protection from electric shocks.
- All electrical decorations, especially the outdoor ones, should be plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
- Keep away from feeder lines stretching from the utility poles to your house.
- Fix outdoor Christmas lights securely to any firm support, such as walls or trees, to get protection from damage caused by wind. Use insulated holders instead of nails and tacks. Do not run the cable under carpets. Keep the lights away from inflammable materials.
- Use the lights only when you are at home. Turn them off when going out or going to bed.
- Replace the blown fuses using those provided with (the same amp and volt) the Christmas lights.
- Always avoid overloading the electrical wall outlet. It results in overheating of the outlet leading to the light bulbs getting blown off. Use an outlet power breaker strip to prevent any accidents caused due to overloading.
- Keep electric cords away from metal, moisture, other electric appliances, and hearths.
- If a set of lights goes out, check whether it has been plugged properly. Then, check out the fuse and correct the problem. Double check whether all the bulbs in the set have been secured properly. If you are not able to find the problem, it will be a great idea to change the entire set.
Despite the circumstances, keep your wits about you. Have an awareness of your surroundings and respect the safety boundaries. Keep your displays protected from rain and snow. Unplug the lights in case of storms. Cover the displays using any waterproof materials like tarpaulins and tie them securely. If there are any free standing displays that are not fixed, remove and take them to a safe place inside.