Lighting the Tree (and Only the Tree)

The holiday season is the time to get festive, and Christmas lights play a big part in that. However, it’s important to keep safety in mind while rocking around the tree. Although not too common, Christmas tree fires are much more likely to be deadly than most other fires.

In fact, an average of 1 in every 32 reported Christmas tree fires result in death, compared to an average of one death per 143 reported home fires.

Check out some practical Christmas light safety tips below!

  • Safe Selection
    Start by choosing lights that are certified by a recognized safety organization. Consider using LED lights, which are energy-efficient and produce less heat. Also, inspect your lights for any damage like frayed cords, broken bulbs, or damaged sockets before use.
  • Proper Installation
    Use outdoor lights outdoors and indoor lights indoors. Avoid overloading outlets and consider surge protectors. Securely fasten lights to prevent tripping and damage. Be cautious not to overload circuits, which can cause overheating and fire hazards. 
  • Timers and Unattended Lights
    Maximize safety by using timers for your Christmas lights, allowing them to automatically turn off when you’re sleeping or away from home. Never leave your lights on unattended, especially when you’re not at home or asleep, as this can pose a significant fire risk.
  • Extension Cord Safety
    Ensure you use outdoor-rated extension cords for safety. Avoid pinching cords in doors or windows, as this can damage the insulation and pose electrical hazards.

  • Light Inspection and Maintenance
    Make it a habit to regularly inspect your lights for signs of wear and tear. On the flip side, if lights are damaged, replace or repair them quickly.

A happy season is a safe season. Follow proper Christmas light safety guidelines to ensure your Christmas is merry and (not too) bright!

Eric Hughes