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This Christmas, avoid adding too many strings of Christmas lights to any one circuit that would cause a circuit overload and a possible electrical fire. Too often, we are tempted to be like the Grizzwalds and add as many Christmas lights to our Christmas trees, windows and roofs of our homes.

One danger is the simple fact that the weight of the cords added piggy-back by connecting string after string of lights, can actually pull the cords out of the socket, at least part way.  That danger leaves exposed cord connections and a lessened connection point to the outlet.  This minimal contact area can cause the connection area to heat up, causing a potential fire hazard.

Another danger is that simple fact that the circuit you are plugging in to may not be able to handle the amount of amperage, or load, that you are adding.  You see, the circuit may have other loads already on it, say an entertainment center, humidifier, etc... that is already commiting part of the rated load.

Be sure to check for broken light bulbs on your Christmas tree lights before plugging them in.  Also check for wiring problems like frayed cords, broken wires, and wires with nicks that have exposed copper wiring.  If you find these problems, discard the lights and get a new set.  Don't chance taping the problems away.

Remember, it is the winter season and heating is in full gear.  Watch out for circuits that may have electric heaters plugged into them and avoid adding additional load to theses circuits.

I should also mention the type of Christmas lights and their use.  Never use indoor Christmas lights outside where they can be subjected to the weather.  always use either outdoor-rated or indoor-outdoor-rated Christmas lights.  Be sure the lights are UL approved.  In short, let's make this year's Christmas lighting a safe display of lights.  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

This is the no overload Clause.



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