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Monday, December 8, 2008

This post was forwarded by Sean Hennessey

IBEW Local 1 Offers Bright Lights, Safety Tips
December 5, 2008
Local 1 reminds members of the following lighting safety tips:
  • Only use lights that have been safely-tested by a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Only use lights that have fused plugs.
  • Check each set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Throw out damaged sets. Replace burned-out bulbs promptly with the same wattage bulbs.
  • Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
  • Make sure the extension cord is rated for the intended use. Look for #12 or #14 gauge wire (listed on the cord packaging). The higher the gauge, the smaller the diameter of the wire. Gauge #16 and #18 should not be used for holiday lighting.
  • Only use lights that are approved for outdoor use.
  • Fasten lights securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports to prevent wind damage.
  • Use only insulated staples to hold strings in place –– not nails or tacks.
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.
  • Turn off all holiday lights when you go to bed or leave the house to reduce the risk of fire.