Christmas Lights Tree
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FEMA Issues Safety Tips For Hanging Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are meant to be a festive reminder of the holidays, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be dangerous.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), one of every three home holiday tree fires is caused by electrical problems associated the with lights hanging on them.

Another statistic released by the USFA is that “a heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires.”

As the holiday season jumps into full gear, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a number of safety tips to help homeowners prevent fires when hanging up their lights.

  • Whether it’s indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety. Make sure your lights have a label from an independent testing laboratory;
  • Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets or replace them before using;
  • Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord; and
  • Turn off lights on trees and other decorations before going to bed.

Use the above tips to help enjoy the holidays season with your loved ones and keep them safe. Also check out the USFA’s colorful infographic for safety.

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