12 holiday lighting tips from Hawaiian Electric
Hawaiian Electric has some tips for holiday lighting to help you and your family use energy efficiently and have a safe holiday.
- Buy holiday lights certified as safe by an independent testing lab, such as UL or ETL.
- Choose light strands that use LED bulbs or mini lights to reduce electricity use.
- Check light strands for frayed wires, damaged sockets, cracked insulation, or loose connections, and replace defective strands.
- Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the number of light strings that can be safely connected together.
- Do not overload extension cords.
- Do not use staples or nails to hang light strands and do not string them on metal rain gutters, metal railings, or chain link fences.
- Outdoors, only use light strands and extension cords that are rated for outdoor use.
- Outdoors, waterproof exposed electrical connections with electrical tape and keep the connections off the ground.
- When hanging lights outdoors, keep yourself and your ladder at least ten feet away from power lines.
- Plug outdoor electric displays and light strings into an outlet having a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
- Turn off or unplug light strands before leaving home or going to bed.
- After the holidays, store lights properly so they do not crimp and tangle. This also makes it makes it easier for you to use them the following year.
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