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The holidays are a beautiful time of year, with lots of sparkling lights and decorations. But using all of the electrical items can also put you and your family at risk for some dangers. Here are some things to keep in mind, in addition to using safety outlet covers, before you plug in the next decoration:
·Closely examine all of your lights and electrical decorations for frayed wires, bare spots, breaks, missing bulbs or other signs of excessive wear that can signal a potential danger.
·Use only UL-approved lighting on your Christmas tree and your bushes.
·Take care not to overload your outlets with more than they can handle.
·Connect your holiday strings of lights to an extension cord before you plug them into the outlet for safety.
·Never leave your holiday lights on when you go to bed or leave your home.
·If you removed outlet plugs from your outlet covers in order to use your decorations, be sure to replace these safety features after the holiday is over.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|