As you decorate your home with lights this holiday season, it's important to follow important safety tips.
Holiday lights using light emitting diodes (LEDs) use 90 percent less energy than traditional bulbs, according to NSTAR, a utility company. Today's LED lights are much more durable and can last years longer. For example, operating 10 strings of mini-LED lights compared to 10 strings of standard mini-lights can save nearly $12 in energy costs in one month.
- Use timers to control when lights go on and off. They help keep electric bills down and are safe and efficient.
- Be sure that electrical circuits and extension cords are properly rated and not overloaded.
- Use only lights and electric decorations that carry the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety label.
- Before reusing last year’s lights, inspect them for damage to wires or sockets.
- Always unplug a light string or decoration before replacing fuses or bulbs.
- To avoid overheating or damage, never run electrical cords under rugs.
- Be sure to look for overhead power lines before raising or climbing a ladder outdoors.
- Use only outdoor-approved lighting and extension cords when decorating outdoors.
- Plug outdoor lights and decorations into outlets protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters