If you're like many of your fellow members, you've already checked off from your list one of the most-loved traditions of the holiday season: stringing up those sparkling lights. At ECI REC, we want you to enjoy every last twinkle, but we also want you to know that there some common mistakes people make while decorating that can put your family in danger.
Please take the time to review this naughty and nice list courtesy of Electrical Safety Foundation International, and make sure you're following safe lighting practices this holiday season!
- Connecting more than three strings of incandescent lights together.
- Overloading outlets with decorations.
- Using decorations with cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, or loose connections.
- Connecting multiple extension cords.
- Improperly using cords by nailing or stapling them, pinching them by furniture, placing them in doors or windows, or covering them with rugs.
- Leaving home or going to bed without turning off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations.
- Watering your Christmas tree daily.
- Keeping all decorations at least 3 feet away from heating equipment or an open flame.
- Plugging outdoor electrical decorations into ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) receptacles or portable GFCIs.
- Following manufacturers' instructions, using products as they were intended regarding indoor and outdoor use.
- Purchasing electrical decorations from reputable retailers and that are approved by a national recognized testing lab such as UL (Underwriters Laboratory), Intertek (ETL). or Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
- Decorating with LED lights, which use less energy and run cooler than traditional incandescent lights.