Christmas Lights— and Seasonal Safety
November 24, 2020
BY: Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O'Cathain & O'Cathain
A Bergen County, New Jersey personal injury lawyer’s tips
By Domhnall O’Cathain, Esq.
As this challenging year of 2020 finally draws to a close, a short drive around Bergen County, New Jersey will reveal that more and more homeowners are stringing up Christmas lights. Whether it’s the ongoing pandemic or the dark hours of winter, there seem to be more lights than ever, and they’re more welcome than ever— they brighten the smiles of our children, as well as the streets we drive.
So, what do you need to know to safely put up Christmas lights? Here are some tips:
- Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to safely connect.
- Always shut the power before working on a faulty string of lights or replacing a bulb.
- Discard light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
- Fuses are important safety features, and can be found near the part of the strand that plugs into the wall. If lights fail, unplug them and replace the fuse.
- Make sure all light connections are nice and tight.
- Tie down any large decorations, such as inflatables.
- The best time to install lights is when there is plenty of daylight.
For more information, please consult this webpages from FEMA: (https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/holiday_infographic.pdf).
If you do get injured, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Personal Injury Department at: (201) 488-1161. We hope you have a safe and illuminating holiday season!