Holiday Light Safety Part 2

Are you using the proper outlet outside for your exterior lights? For starters, safety always comes first. Your source of power should come from a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. This type of outlet will shut the circuit down if there is over-current. If you don’t have a GFCI outlet, a qualified electrician can permanently install one outdoors for holiday seasons to come. You can buy a portable outdoor unit from your local home store for less than $20.

Make sure you are using extension cords outside that are rated for exterior use. Keep them out of the way, so that people coming and going, night and day don’t trip on them. Be sure to use water resistant rated light products or products marked with UL (Underwriters Lab), that meet American National Standards Institute requirements.

Evert used net lighting for your shrubs and bushes? They can be a great way to go for easy installation, coverage during the holiday season and tear down after.

Practice safety when using a ladder to install lights on your roof or tall trees. It’s always best to have a light buddy or someone who can hand you supplies, stabilize your ladder and even to provide feedback on displays, such as whether it’s crooked or straight!

Be safe and enjoy your holidays!