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Hanging Christmas Lights

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Summary: Dave gives some tips about how to install christmas lights and holiday decorations.

Guide to Safely Hanging Christmas Holiday Lights

Indoor Lights
Tips to install indoor lights.

Outdoor Lights
Tips to install outdoor lights.

Electrical Safety

As with all electrical projects
Always positively identify the circuit and turn off the power before performing wiring of any kind.

Never work on an energized circuit!

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Safe Decorating Tips:

Be Careful When Using Extension Cords
Selecting the right size and length extension cord is essential for safety.

Use GFCI Outlets For Outdoor Lighting
Ground Fault Protection should be used when installing outdoor decorative holiday lighting.

christmas tree PLEASE NOTE:
Consider Children and Pets
A beautiful decorated tree or yard must also be a safe place where children and pets may be present as well.

gfci breaker NOTE:
Electrical adapters can be used to extend power from an existing light fixture. These adapters should only be used on a circuit that is protected by GFCI. Three wire or grounded components should be used whenever possible.

Always select UL Approved Strands of Lighting

Installing Christmas Holiday Lighting

Before you string outdoor lights, check for overhead power lines. Don't place yourself or any object in a position where you or it may come in contact with a power line-the result can be fatal. Look up before raising ladders or other objects. Keep at least 10 feet away from overhead lines.
Make sure lights used to decorate the outside of the house are approved for outdoor use. Never use indoor lights outdoors.
Check all light strands for cracked or broken plugs, frayed insulation, or bare wires. Worn cords can cause fires. Discard damaged sets of lights.
Route cords inside your home so they won't trip anyone. Don't place them under rugs, furniture, or other appliances. If covered, cords can overheat or become frayed and can cause a fire.


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