Stay Safe and Merry: Steps To Take When Decorating this Season

Capital City Comfort Solutions is proud to offer holiday light and decoration installation this season. Let us put the comfort back in your decorating! Or, if you’re more of a DIY-er, make sure you follow these helpful tips to ensure a safe and jolly holiday season!

To help you save money, energy, and prevent electrical accidents, we’ve listed the best safety tips to keep in mind when comes to electrical equipment and decorations:


Out of the Box

  • Inspect decorations and lights for signs of damage, frayed wires, and broken sockets.
  • Throw out or recycle damaged wires and replace them promptly.
  • Check for certification labels such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories) or ETL (Intertek), making sure the decor meets safety standards.
  • Ensure your home has working smoke alarms on every level, including spaces where lights and decorations are being placed.
  • Supervise pets and children, educating children not to play with light strings and cords.

Cord + Outlet Safety

  • Always use strong, outdoor-rated extension cords.
  • Do not daisy-chain multiple extension cords.
  • Use safety hooks designed for decorating or insulated holders to secure electrical cords and prevent tripping hazards.
  • Keep cords away from high-traffic areas.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets and extension cords.
  • Use safety covers on unused outlets. 

Decoration Safety

  • Use LED lights. They are less likely to break, energy-efficient, and generate less heat than traditional incandescent bulbs, reducing the risk of fire.
  • Be mindful of weather conditions before decorating outside, as rain and snow can damage electrical components.
  • Ensure lights and decorations are specifically designed for outdoor use and are weatherproof.
  • Use weatherproof covers for outdoor outlets.
  • Be cautious around power lines and other electrical sources if using a ladder.
  • Plug outdoor lights and decorations into GFCI-protected outlets to reduce the risk of electric shock in case of a ground fault.

Everyday Reminders

  • Keep lights away from flammable materials such as paper, curtains, and furniture.
  • Keep sources of water away from electrical connections.
  • Prevent fire hazards and save energy by unplugging lights before bed and before leaving the house, or consider using automatic timers.


By following these electrical safety tips, you can enjoy your seasonal decor while minimizing the risk of electrical hazards. Always prioritize safety to protect your home and loved ones during the holiday season, and contact Capital City Comfort Solutions with any questions you may have about electrical safety!

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