Whether you're trying to have the best Christmas decorations on the block or just putting an inflatable Rudolph on your roof, please keep in mind these safety tips.
1. Check your lights before you begin. Frayed, exposed or damaged cords should never be used.
2. Don't use just any extension cord. Choose one that is specifically for outdoor use.
3. Always look up and around before raising a ladder and keep it 10 to 20 feet away from any overhead power lines.
4. If you're close to the power line that runs into your home, do not touch it. Touching live lines can cause serious injury or death.
5. If it's rainy or your roof has snow on it, pick another day to hang your lights.
6. If you're purchasing new lights, choose LED lights to do your energy bill a favor. Plus, LED lights are less likely to overheat.
7. Use plastic light clips or hooks when hanging lights. Never use staples, nails or screws because you can pierce the light cable.
8. Connect your lights to a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupting (GFCI) outlet. The GFCI outlet will trip before the breaker in your house if there is a short or surge. This is also an extra layer of protection against fires.
Keep your Christmas merry and bright by staying safe this season when hanging your outdoor lights. We'd love to see your lighted decorations. Post them on our Facebook page.