A man hanging Christmas decorations suddenly became a hanging Christmas decoration himself!. How fortunate that he was wearing a festive red jacket.
Beware the hazards connected with your efforts to make it a Merry Christmas.
• Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets.
• Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
• Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports to protect the lights from wind damage. Use insulated staples to hold strings in place, not nails or tacks. Or run strings of lights through hooks (available at hardware stores).
• Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks.
• When you leave or go to bed at night, turn off your Christmas lights.
• Try to use the cooler burning "mini" Christmas lights as opposed to the traditional larger bulbs. The older style burns much hotter.
• Only use Christmas lights that have fuses in the plugs.
• Inspect each set of Christmas lights (old or new) for damage. Return or throw out any set with cracked or broken sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.
• Replace burned out bulbs promptly with bulbs of the same wattage.
• Never hang Christmas lights on a metal tree. The tree can become charged with electricity and shock someone. The tree can also short out the Christmas lights and cause a fire.
• Want Christmas lights outdoors? Use outdoor Christmas lights. The packaging will note whether the lights can be used indoors, outdoors, or both.