The holidays are coming and people throughout the Lancaster area are getting their decorations ready for the season. While holiday lights create an enchanting feel for your house, you must also be aware of the safety hazards that come along with them. As your local fire department, Lancaster County Fire Rescue wants you to enjoy this wonderful season without the danger. Here are several fire safety tips you can follow to keep your holiday lights from becoming a hazard.

  • Use only safety-tested lights – Only purchase lights that are clearly labeled as being approved by an electrical testing laboratory. These are considered the safest types of lights to use around your home.
  • Inspect all the cords – Whether your lights are old or brand new, always inspect the cords for signs of damage. Never use anything with a frayed cord.
  • Hanging lights outside? Use the right kind – There’s a major difference between indoor and outdoor lights. Always check to see if your lights are labeled for outdoor use before putting them up. Outdoor lights are designed to be weather-resistant and are able to safely handle the elements.
  • Turn them off at night and when you’re gone – For your safety, you should always turn off your lights, both inside and out, when you’re not awake. This keeps you safe from a fire while you and your family sleep. If you’re traveling this holiday, don’t forget to unplug your lights before you go.
  • Avoid using candles – Candles may add a pretty touch to your home, but leaving burning candles around your home is a fire hazard. Invest in battery-operated candles instead.
  • Keep pets and children away from lights – Hang your lights high off the ground and out of reach of curious hands and paws. Help your kids stay safe by telling them not to touch or play with the lights. Keeping pets away from lights can be a bit more difficult. Try your best to always keep an eye on your pet while they’re around lights and other decorations.

Fire safety always comes first here at Lancaster County Fire Rescue. Our volunteer firefighters are here to help your family on the holidays or any day.