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Make your business merry, bright and safe!
Bring out your boxes of decorations and unwind the lights – it’s time to take your business from everyday to holiday! But if you’re not careful, those dazzling lights can be dangerous. Holiday lighting can be a fire hazard and improper assembly or hasty decorating can cause injuries.
Put safety first as you decorate your business. Follow these simple tips to keep your customers and employees safe as you create a fun, festive space!
Look over the lights
- Check to make sure both new and old strands of lights have no frayed wires, broken sockets or other damage. Replace any that do. In addition to checking your lights, be sure to inspect your extension cords.
- Make sure your lights and extension cords have been tested for safety by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
- Consider replacing older, inefficient incandescent holiday lighting with light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. LEDs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, are highly durable and feel cool to the touch. They come in a variety of color and design options to suite any space and style. And they last for decades! If you buy and use a new string of LED lights this year, they can be used for up to 20 holiday seasons! Learn more about the benefits of LEDs.
- If you’re decorating outside, only use lights and cords approved for the outdoors.
Deck the halls
- When you’re ready to hang your lights or decorations, use your ladder carefully. Follow the manufacturer’s safety warnings or instructions. Position your ladder on level ground and, if you can, have an employee hold the bottom of the ladder. Take a look at the S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Ladder Safety 101.
- Don’t connect more than three strings of lights together, unless the directions specifically state that you can.
- Never put tacks or nails through the electrical cord to hang your lights. Use clips instead.
- To avoid a fire hazard, don’t run extension cords under rugs. And never run them in front of exits or across walkways. That’s a fall waiting to happen.
- For outdoor lighting, keep all electrical connections off the ground and away from downspouts, railing and aluminum siding.
- Place all flammable decorations away from heat sources, like a heat register.
- Turn off your lights before you close up for the night. Make things automatic; use a timer to turn your lights off and on according to your business hours.
Trim the tree
- Start by choosing a fresh, healthy tree. Pick a tree with a rich, green color and pass on one with brown, brittle needles.
- Water live trees every day and keep them away from heat sources and exits.
- Make sure artificial trees are tested and labeled “fire resistant.”
- If you have a pre-lit artificial tree, confirm its lights have a UL label.
- Of course, be sure to unplug your tree before you leave – or use a timer.
We hope your business enjoys a wonderful holiday season!
© Questline Inc.
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