Light safety 101

‘Tis the season of decorative outdoor and indoor lights. Keep your family safe and your home intact by following these tips: Use only UL Listed lights and extension cords so you are sure they have passed standards for safety. Before hanging lights, check for frayed wires and toss any strands that are damaged. Replace any missing or broken bulbs. If installation requires a ladder or stool, level and secure them before you climb. Look for overhead power lines before you move or position your ladder. Keep extension cords out of walking paths and plug them into circuits that are ground fault protected, if possible. Conserve electricity by putting your lights on a timer.