FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- With the holiday season in full swing in Fairfield County, Connecticut Light and Power is offering tips on how to keep your holiday lighting projects safe.
- Inspect your lights before you plug them in. Get rid of any lights that are cracked, broken, or have frayed or bare wires.
- When buying new lights, make sure they have been tested for safety and carry the UL label on the packaging.
- For both safety and to save money, opt for LED lights which use less energy than traditional lights. That means you’ll spend only 25 cents month with LED lights versus $6-10 with traditional lights.
- Avoid overloading outlets and creating a dangerous situation by following the manufacturer’s recommendations. Most recommend no more than three strands together in one outlet. Alternatively, you can use a power strip with surge protection.
- When hanging holiday lights outdoors, make sure you only use lights approved for outdoor use. Also, remember to always stay at least 10 feet away from power lines and anything they touch.
- Once your lights have been safely installed, set up a timer to make sure you’re using electricity efficiently while saving money at the same time.