Christmas lights are beautiful and add to the magic of the season, but all that electricity can cause problems if not used properly. The Ken Richter Team wishes you a safe and wonderful holiday season and reminds everyone of the top safety tips and special precautions to make sure they’re safe as you go about decorating your home with lights:
• Before you string up a single strand of lights, carefully check them for cracked cords, frayed ends or loose connections. Frayed cords can lead to a short.
• Replace burned out bulbs promptly with bulbs of the same wattage.
• Modern lights have fused plugs, preventing sparks in case of a short circuit. Ditch old strands of lights that don’t have fuses and get a set of newer, safer lights.
• Use extension cords properly. Keep an eye on them as they can occasionally overheat. Just touch-test the cord. If it’s hot, unplug it.
• Keep your tree well-watered. The combination of shorts in electrical lights and a tinder-dry tree can be dangerous.
• When you leave the house or go to bed at night turn off your Christmas lights. Have a memorable and joyous Christmas!
Your Real Estate Professional,