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How can I use decorative lights safely?

To safely use decorative lights:
  • Use only lights that have been tested for safety. Make sure they have a label from an independent testing laboratory.
  • Check each set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Discard or repair damaged sets.
  • Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord. Newer LED lights allow more strands to be strung together, up to 216 total watts on one 15-amp circuit.
  • Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights can short and start a fire.
  • Keep "bubbling" lights away from children. The bright colors and bubbling movement can tempt children to play with them; if they break, children can be cut or harmed by drinking the liquid.

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