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Health Tip: Check Holiday Lights

Health Tip: Check Holiday Lights

12/13/12

(HealthDay News) -- Glittering holiday lights are a delight to the eyes, but they can be a fire hazard if they aren't inspected and maintained.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these safety guidelines for holiday lights:

  • Carefully inspect all lights, even brand new ones, to look for frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.
  • Never use electrical lights with a metallic tree. Faulty lights could charge the tree, and anyone touching the tree could be electrocuted.
  • If using lights outside, make sure they're approved for outdoor use. Never use nails or tacks to hang them; instead use hooks or insulated staples.
  • Always plug outdoor lights into sockets with ground circuit interrupters.
  • Turn off all holiday lights before going to bed or leaving your home.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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