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Holiday Lighting Safety: 9 Tips For Homes and Businesses

Looking forward to decorating your home this holiday season? Avoid injuries and stay safe with these simple tips from our Calgary lighting company.

Decorating your home for the holidays is a fun and exciting activity that gets the entire family in a festive mood! However, doing this incorrectly can have many undesirable consequences, including:

  • Higher energy bills
  • Increased risk of fire and electrical hazards
  • Risk of injury and accidents when stringing up the lights

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Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

While holiday decorating is all about adding fun, sparkle and warmth to your home, it’s important to remember that many of your favorite decorations carry the risk of fire or electrical injury if not used carefully.

To protect your home and family, follow these easy tips when buying holiday lighting products:

  1. When shopping for lights, electric decorations and extension cords, purchase only the ones that are UL-listed
  2. If you’re planning to decorate outdoors, make sure that you use lights and decorations that are rated ONLY for outdoor use. Putting indoor products outside can result in electric shock and fire hazards.
  3. Whether they’re brand new or from holidays past, ALWAYS inspect your lights for signs of damage before putting them up.
  4. ALWAYS unplug lights before changing the bulbs, replacing fuses or making any other repairs
  5. Make sure your replacement bulbs match the wattage rating of the light strand. Using a bulb with too high a wattage can cause the light string to overheat and result in a fire.
  6. Use wood or plastic ladders instead of metal ones to reduce your risk of electric shock
  7. DO NOT overload extension cords because this may result in overheating and risk of fire.
  8. Check your exterior lights every so often to make sure they are not warm to the touch.
  9. ALWAYS turn off your Christmas lights and decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.

Buying a Christmas Tree

Did you know that your choice of Christmas tree could affect its flammability factor? Older, dried out trees ignite and burn much faster than those that are freshly cut and hydrated. So when shopping for one, keep the following things in mind:

  1. Make sure the needles are green, fresh and firmly attached to the branches. Bend the needles between your fingers - if they break, the tree is too dry.
  2. Thicker needles take longer to dry out, so find a Christmas tree of the robust variety.
  3. If you opt for an artificial tree, make sure that it is flame retardant.
  4. Make sure to water your Christmas tree daily.
  5. Position your Christmas tree at least 3 feet away from any candles, fireplaces, space heaters and other heat sources.


How LED Lighting Can Save You Money This Christmas

The best new thing in holiday lighting is exterior LED Christmas lights. A professional lighting company can provide you with high quality LED lights that shine brightly, but with 80% less energy use!

LED exterior lights have many benefits, including the fact that they:

  • Have a longer lifespan than other types of bulbs
  • Are more energy-efficient, keeping your electricity bill low
  • Are very durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions
  • Are unaffected by rapid cycling, so you can turn them on and off as much as you want!

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Bucket Truck Services & Commercial Holiday Lighting

There is no time of year when your commercial lighting system and signage is more important than Christmas! Unique and creative signage and lighting is crucial for attracting potential customers and increasing your sales during the holiday season.

At Fluorescent Man Lighting, we can help your business stand out this holiday with a number of products and services, including:


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To find out more about how we can help light up your home or business safely this holiday season, contact our Calgary office at 403-863-8529 or fill in our online contact form.

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