Hundreds of fires and injuries occur each year from holiday decorations, so add this safety checklist from Idaho Power to your list of pre-holiday preparations.
- Use LED lights, which are more efficient and safer than incandescent bulbs because they produce less heat.
- Use battery-operated, flameless candles instead of traditional candles.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct number of light strands to connect.
- Inspect power/extension cords and light strings, and replace anything that’s damaged or frayed.
- Don’t place cords where they can be damaged by walking on them, where people can trip on them, or where damage can go unnoticed — like under rugs, through windows, or on the sidewalk.
- Don’t overload outlets or power strips, and don’t plug electric heaters into power strips.
- Plug outdoor lights (rated for outdoor use) into ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected outlets.
- When hanging holiday lights using a ladder, have a spotter and always maintain three points of contact.
For more seasonal safety tips, visit idahopower.com/safety.