Electrical Safety Tips For Holiday Decorating

Monday, November 28, 2016


While this is the most wonderful time of the year, it is also one of the riskiest times in terms of electrical safety! Decorating your home in lights for the holidays will be sure to put a smile on everyone's face, but you’ll want to make sure you’re stringing lights in the safest way possible. If you’re contributing to the splendor of the season, be sure to do it safely with these tips:

  • Always purchase electrical decorations and lights from reputable retailers.

  • Use lights approved for safe use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

  • Never connect more than three strands of incandescent lights together. Determine how many outlets are available and their location, and plan your displays accordingly.

  • Consider purchasing LED lights, which use less energy and run cooler than traditional incandescent lights.

  • Be sure to carefully inspect each electrical decoration before setting them up. Never set up any decoration with cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, or loose connections, as these may cause a serious shock or start a fire.

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s use and care instructions that accompany electrical decorations.

  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many decorations or electrical devices. They can overheat and cause a fire.

  • Make sure that cords are not pinched in doors, windows, or under heavy furniture, which could damage the cord’s insulation.

  • Do not mount or support light strings in a way that might damage the cord’s insulation.

  • Always unplug electrical decorations before replacing bulbs or fuses.

  • Turn off and unplug all indoor lights and switch off all outdoor electrical decorations before leaving home or going to sleep.

  • When stringing lights on a tree, make sure that your tree is fresh and not dried out. Never string lights on dry branches or artificial ones with metallic leaves or branch coverings.

  • Keep electrical cords away from water, if you have a real tree.

  • Avoid using candles in your holiday display whenever possible. Instead, opt for battery operated ones.


We hope you and your family enjoy a safe and happy holiday! In addition to these tips, it’s really important for you to schedule a home electrical safety inspection to make sure you’re doing everything possible to keep your family safe.  Always rely on a professional to check your electrical components to avoid the risk of injury. The expert technicians at A.B. May can be sure that your home is securely wired, giving you peace of mind.