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Christmas Light Safety

imageHappy Holidays!

It is that time of year again for hanging your Christmas Lights!  We would like to give you some tips for getting the job done quickly and safely!

As a general rule, do not string more than three standard sets of lights together.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions!

Verify you have enough lights. Don’t get to the end to find out you need just one more strand!

For exterior power, you should always plug outdoor decorations into outlets protected by a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) to prevent shock using an appropriately sized extension cord.

Hang your light strands carefully to prevent damaging the cord.  If mounting your lights off the gutter or roof use the specially designed plastic hooks/clips without damaging the trim or walls.

If the ground is level enough and your eaves are low enough, a step ladder might be a good option for you to use. Do not stand or sit on the last two steps & never leave tools sitting on it

Extension ladders – remember the 4 to 1 rule – for every 4 feet in height the ladder should be pulled out 1 foot from the wall or edge.  For all types of ladders – do not over-extend, your belt buckle should never go past the edge of the ladder.

Plug the lights in before you start hanging them! For bulbs that are not working, try pushing them in fully to make sure the bulb is not loose. If the bulb is burnt out, mark it with a permanent marker. When finished, replace the bad bulbs.

If there are any cracked or damaged wires,  buy a new set of lights. If you buy new lights, make sure they are UL tested and approved for outdoor use.

Last but not least, ENJOY and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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