Christmas lights are a great way to brighten up the holiday season. But Christmas lights can create hazards if appropriate precautions aren’t taken. One of the most important things you can do is make sure that if you’re buying lights for outdoor use, that they are made for outdoor use. Indoor lights have not been weatherproofed, and are not appropriate to use outdoors. If you are using extension cords, you need to make sure that they are plugged into power strips, in order to prevent them from overloading.
- Make sure your outside lights are weather-proofed and carry the UL safety seal.
- Plug extension cords into power strips and not directly into outlets.
- Consider upgrading your electrical panel, especially if it is over 10 years old.
“However, light displays can also create major electrical hazards unless people take precautions.”