There’s no better way to start getting into the holiday season and brighten up your home during the long nights of winter than with Christmas lights. They are colourful, fun and can brighten up any gloomy night. They can also be dangerous and costly, so here are a few simple tips to help you make you “safe and save” your lighting display!
- Always use CSA-approved lights, cords, plugs and sockets and only use outdoor lights and cords when decorating outdoors.
- Check cords for breaks and deterioration and replace any frayed cords or loose connections.
- Never put lights up plugged in. Test lights first and then unplug before hanging.
- Do not overload circuits. Signs that your circuit is overloaded include other lights dim when holiday lighting is turned on or the plug is very hot after unplugging it.
- Keep wiring clear of metal parts such as railings and drainpipes, to prevent any risk of shock from an electrical current.
- Do not leave any light sockets empty. This can create a fire hazard or could be fatal if someone touches the inside of the empty socket.
- LED holiday lights use 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to ten times longer.
- Schedule your lighting display during off-peak times. Use a timer to automatically turn your lights on and off.
FINAL TIP: Prepare some lights that are not holiday specific. It’s a great way to brighten up the long winter nights and welcome you home to a cheerful place after work. Remember… soon the days will begin getting longer and spring will arrive.
Source: Hydro One