Safety Commission offers safety tips for holiday lights

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COLUMBIA - Each winter, many adorn their homes with bright lights and holiday decorations, but a few residents in the county go above and beyond the typical holiday-lover's decor.

Countryside Nursey School had a variety of lights displayes making it the most colorful house in its neighborhood. A shivering snow man, the birth of Christ, toy soldier and many other decorations littered the front yard of the school.

But for those residents who haven't put up their lights. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is asking residents to take extra precaution if they decide to put an array of lights.

The department has provided the following tips: 

  • Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. 
  • Discard damaged sets or repair them before using. 
  • Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house, walls or other firm support to protect from wind damage. 
  • Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord. 
  • Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. 
  • The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and any person touching a branch could be electrocuted! To avoid this danger, use colored spotlights above or beside a tree, never fastened onto it!