(HealthDay News) -- Glittering holiday lights are a delight to
the eyes, but they can be a fire hazard if they aren't inspected
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
- If using lights outside, make sure they're approved for outdoor
use. Never use nails or tacks to hang them; instead use hooks or
- Always plug outdoor lights into sockets with ground circuit
- Turn off all holiday lights before going to bed or leaving your
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