Five Tips to Hanging Christmas Lights Safely – Don’t Experience a Personal Injury!
Christmas lights are a holiday tradition that many families love to participate in. People often decorate their houses, their garage doors, their Christmas trees, and even the trees and their mailboxes in the front yard. The Husband and Wife Law Team want to remind you that there are safety rules to consider while hanging lights. Here are a few tips.
Check lights for damage. First, make sure to look for any broken lights, frayed wires, and other damaged areas. Do this while the lights are unplugged. If you notice broken lights, use heavy gloves to remove them and replace them. If you notice frayed wires, it is time to discard that cord and replace it with a new one. Frayed wires and broken lights can pose a fire hazard.
Stick with three standard-size light strands per extension cord. Do not overload an extension cord. Plug a maximum of three light strands into one extension cord. If you have more light strands, find more extension cords. Also, make sure the cords don’t pose a tripping or strangulation hazard. Hang them high enough that they are out of reach from children, and secure them with heavy duty staples that can’t easily be pulled out.
Choose lights that are certified for outdoor use. If you are decorating outdoors, make sure the lights are certified for that use. If they can’t stand up under the weather, they could pose a fire hazard as they begin to break down. If the lights are not certified for outdoor use, save them for inside.
Fasten lights firmly. Use a staple gun to properly secure lights to your home. No one should be able to easily pull them down. Make sure all cords are out of reach of children. Also consider pets. Cats often like to play with decorations; make sure they can’t pull over a Christmas tree or pull the lights off the outside of your house because of a loose cord that is within reach.
Turn out the lights when you aren’t home. If you are leaving for more than a few minutes, make sure to turn all the lights off and unplug them. This will greatly reduce your risk of a fire while you are out.
The Arizona personal injury attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. wish everyone a Merry Christmas!