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Holiday Light Safety Tips

As the holidays near, we scramble to buy the perfect gifts, decorate the house and plan parties and get-togethers. It all starts with pulling out tangled lights and tree decorations from storage. In the rush, however, many of us abandon our sense of safety. So, follow these tips during decorating for a safe holiday.

LED Light Strands

• Switch to LED holiday light strands. LED light strands are energy efficient, safe, and long lasting. The LED lights consume 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs! This low energy consumption reduces your energy costs during the holidays.
• LED holiday lights are cooler than incandescent light strings, reducing the risk of fire and personal injury.
• Each light has no moving parts, filaments or glass, so they are much more durable and shock resistant than other light strings.
• The LED bulbs are constructed of a hard plastic, which makes lights safer to use, since you don’t risk potential broken glass.
• Because they use less power, it is safer to connect multiple strings of LED holiday lights end-to-end without overloading the wall socket.
• If you are still using incandescent light strands, be sure to follow the instructions on the package as to how many can be connected together. It’s typically only 2 or 3, not 10 or 12.

GFCI Recepticles

• Make sure your outdoor lights are plugged into a GFCI receptacle. That’s the one with the reset button in the center for safety. If you don’t have one outdoors, purchase an extension cord that has an inline GFCI to protect against short circuits.

These decorating tips will save you money and help you stay safe during the holidays. Your neighborhood Ace Hardware store has everything you need to decorate this holiday season, from ladders to lights, and yard décor to extension cords.