Help your family enjoy the season safely with these tips for holiday lights and decorations:
- Check for overhead power lines before hanging outdoor lights, keeping at least 10 feet away from lines.
- Never place yourself or any object in a position where you or it may come in contact with a power line.
- Look up to check for power lines before raising ladders or other objects.
- Make sure lights are approved for outdoor use. Never use indoor lights outdoors.
- Ensure outdoor tree limbs are a safe distance from power lines before stringing lights. Branches or entire trees can become energized if they contact a power line.
- Check strands for cracked or broken plugs, frayed insulation or bare wires. Discard damaged strands to help avoid a fire.
- Route cords inside your home to avoid trips and falls and never place strands under rugs, furniture or appliances. If covered, cords can overheat or become frayed and may cause a fire.
- Follow the manufacturer's limits for the number of strings that can safely be connected.
- Always turn off indoor and outdoor decorative and tree lights when leaving home and before going to bed.
For additional information, visit our Brighten Your Holidays and Save Energy page.
Removing and Storing lights and decorations safely after the holiday:
- Unplug decorations, lights and extension cords first.
- Ensure dangling lights, ladders and tools are away from overhead power lines, service drops, and pole-to-house connections.
- Follow manufacturers’ and your city’s directions for safely disposing of worn or broken lights, decorations and batteries.