- When unpacking your old holiday lights, look for cracked or frayed cords. Discard any that are damaged.
- In placing holiday or other temporary lights outside, use only lights & cords rated for outdoor use. Using indoor lighting strands or an indoor extension cord outdoors can result in an electric shock or fire hazard. Check the cord's label to see if it is intended for outdoor use.
- When hanging lights, be careful to never put staples or nails through electric cords.
- When using ladders to decorate the exterior of your home, be aware of overhead electric lines, including the line that leads to the house. Even a wooden ladder can conduct electricity with fatal results.
- Do not run cords under rugs where foot traffic can potentially damage the cord's insulation.
- Do not run cords across parts of the floor where people may trip over them.
- Avoid overloading electrical outlets, which can overheat and cause a fire.
- Keep your tree, wrapping paper and all decorations away from heating sources including electric space heaters and baseboard heating as well as fireplaces and radiators.
- Unplug holiday lights before you leave home.
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