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When Should I Replace My Holiday Lights?

Close-up of a christmas tree with white illuminated lights

As you get ready to trim the tree, it’s important to inspect your holiday decorations to ensure they are in good condition. This is especially true for holiday lights, since lights in poor condition can cause fires. When you’re inspecting the lights, keep an eye out for the following:

  • Cracked, frayed, or bare wires

  • Broken or cracked sockets

  • Loose connections

  • Bare spots

  • Exposed insulation from the wires

  • Wires with excessive kinking

If your lights show signs of any of the above items, it’s time to recycle them. Recycling and replacing your lights will help keep your family safe during the holiday season and give you peace of mind.

Sources:
Minnesota Safety Council
National Safety Council