Holiday Decorating Safety

By c Gloo

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Holiday Decorating Safety

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 30, 2005 at 10:47 PM EDT

As the holiday season approaches, people are decorating their homes. But using the wrong lighting or overloading circuits can lead to fire hazards.

Buying trees, getting new decorations, and putting up lights, it's all part of the holiday tradition. Unfortunately, so are fires. But people can avoid hazards with just a few simple steps.

Dan Lounsbury the Manager of the Lowe’s Lawn & Garden Department said, “You do want to pick the bulbs that are going to be indoor/outdoor, and most of them are. This day and age, they have little fuses in them to prevent fire. And the fuses will blow, and they can replace the fuses.”

The boxes of lights will tell you whether or not the lights can be used indoors or outdoors or both. And when you open it up on the inside, there's another label that tells you how many light strands can be connected without causing any hazards.

Raymond Beck, Utica Chief Fire Marshal said, “The biggest concern is to try to limit the amount of extension cords that are used. And then with lighting, they should be listed. On each box, it will actually state how many lights can be stranded together safely.”

Also with outdoor lighting, it's important to use bulbs made for outdoor use. And, there is another way you can avoid electrical shortages in your home by using a ground fault interrupter, or GFI. Following these safety tips can help you have a happy - and safe - holiday season.

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