When setting up a live Christmas tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and radiators, and keep the stand filled with water. Heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly.
Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets. Always replace burned-out bulbs promptly with the same wattage bulbs.
Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per extension cord. Make sure the extension cord is rated for the intended use.
Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.
Before using lights outdoors, check labels to make sure they have been certified for outdoor use.
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