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Holiday Lights Safety Tips

Holiday Hazards: Safety Tips for Homes with Twins & Multiples


Updated December 06, 2008

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Families with twins, triplets or other multiples must be extra cautious to carefully childproof their homes However, the holiday season brings hidden hazards. Make sure your happy holidays aren't ruined by accident or injury. Follow these simple guidelines and tips to ensure that your holiday lights are safe and secure.

  • Use appropriate labeled lights for indoor and outdoor use. Look for a seal of approval from the Underwriters Laboratory (UL)
  • Check lighting strands for broken bulbs, frayed wires, loose connection, or any other signs of wear or damage. Throw away any strands that give you cause for concern.
  • Some safety experts recommend replacing light strands every four or five years to ensure that wear and improper storage don't create a hazard.
  • * Don't place cords under furniture or rugs. Use caution when using nails, tacks or pins to secure strands of lights; don't pierce the wire coverings with such items.
  • Keep light strands away from sources of heat or moisture. Cover the tree's water basin to ensure that lights don't come into contact with it.
  • Turn off all lights when the household is asleep or away. Consider using a timer to ensure that lights are turned off through the night.
  • Make sure strands of lights don't dangle or lay loosely where young children can grab a hold of them. It could result in the tree toppling over or present a strangulation hazard.
  • Even low wattage bulbs can get hot enough to burn small, tender fingers. Keep them out of reach as much as possible.
  • Make sure a fully operational smoke detector resides in close proximity to a tree that features holiday lights.
  • When decorating outside, use only lights that are approved for outdoor use. Plug all outdoor lights into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) to avoid the risk of a serious shock.
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