Safe Family: Decorating with lights

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

If you plan to decorate the house with lights, you'll want to pay attention to more than the color of those bulbs. Here's Ryan Loyd with today's Safe Family report.

It's the perfect time to perfect your light display for all to see. After the big turkey feast, this is a festive tradition for families everywhere, but you have to be careful in order to stay safe.

"The biggest thing is to be careful of the outdoor and indoor lights."

Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones and his department are always on alert this time of year. Outdoor and indoor lights can pose a certain amount of danger, but if used properly, they can be a very pretty way to express your creative side.

"Don’t overuse the circuits. Don't plug more than two plugs."

If a light burns out, the rest of the lights will still probably work because of parallel wiring, but you should always replace the burned out bulb right away anyway to reduce the risk of overheating. Make sure you replace it with a bulb of the same wattage.

"Remember to use the right light."

Holiday light displays aren't meant for year-round use, so just make sure you stay on top of the game and take them down come January.


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