As Christmas draws close, many people are putting up electric decorations. There are ways to stay safe when doing so! If using a real Christmas tree, make sure it stays wet – dry trees are very flammable. And, do not leave lights on a tree unattended, while on. For outdoor lights, have adequate electrical outlets, and make sure they’re rated for outdoor use. Take them down after the season is over. Lastly, take care with heaters during cold weather, and for parties, don’t overload your home’s electrical circuits.
- Between cords and the heat created by the bulbs, Christmas lights pose a fire risk that should not be underestimated.
- A fire extinguisher should be located near the tree, for quick use.
- LED lights generate much less potential damage to flammable materials, and be used to improve the fire risk of a display.
“LED lights can greatly improve the electrical efficiency of your tree and reduce their risk as a fire hazard, as they give off almost no heat.”