Decorating for a merry and safe holiday season

Decorating for a merry and safe holiday season

'Tis the season to deck the halls with festive lights that bring holiday cheer. If you are investing in new lights this year, go the LED route! LEDs win because of efficiency, durability, longevity and cost of operation. Also, they are available in many styles. Unlike incandescent bulbs which generate most of their energy in heat, LEDs are cool to the touch—which also indicates greater energy-efficiency.

As you make your home merry and bright, please keep safety top of mind with these tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI):

•Outdoor electrical lights and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

•Inspect all lights, decorations, and extension cords for damage before using

•Turn off electrical decorations before leaving home or going to sleep

•Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights together

•Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many decorations or electrical devices. They can overheat and cause a fire

•Water your Christmas tree daily!

•Keep all decorations at least three feet away from heating equipment

•Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder when hanging lights outdoors, .

•Never drape anything over a light bulb or lamp shade.

•Consider using battery-operated candles in place of traditional candles.

•If you do use a traditional candle, never leave an open flame unattended. Keep burning candles within sight.

Did you know? According to the National Fire Protection Association, 860 home fires caused by holiday decorations occur each year. An additional 210 home fires are caused by Christmas trees per year.

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