It won’t be long until zombies, goblins, and ghouls roam the streets in search of their fix of Halloween candy and treats. But before you start carving your jack-o’-lantern or pull the old witch costume out of storage, make sure you’re prepared to keep festivities fun and not frightfully real.
CSA Group, a leading public safety and product testing and certiﬁcation organization, would like to remind everyone of the following decorating safety tips to help ensure a happy Halloween is had by all.
Go big and heavy-duty.
Use heavy-duty extension cords for high wattage decorations like fog machines and large light displays to avoid overheating and potential ﬁres.
Only use it outdoors
If it says ‘outdoors’
Ensure lights and electrical decorations are marked for ‘outdoor use.’
Before working with outdoor wiring, turn off the electricity to the supply outlet and unplug the connection.
Dispose of damaged goods
Carefully inspect each electrical decoration. Cracked or frayed sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may be a shock or ﬁ re hazard. Dispose of damaged light sets and replace damaged power cords.
Take care with connectors
When hanging lights outdoors, keep electrical connectors above ground, out of water and away from metal eavestroughs. Connect outdoor lighting into receptacles protected by weatherproof ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI), which can provide protection from electric shock by sensing ground leakage and cutting electrical power.
Choose fasteners not nails. Use insulated fasteners rather than metal nails or tacks to hold light strings in place to avoid damaging the wires and insulation.
Use ﬂashlights, not candles
When decorating, avoid using candles. Instead, use flashlights or battery-operated candles to light pumpkins, displays and walkways. Never use open flames near combustible materials.
Look for the mark
When purchasing light strings, animatronics, strobe and black lights, fog machines or extension cords, look for a certiﬁcation mark from an accredited certiﬁcation organization, such as CSA Group. A recognized certification mark provides assurance that products are tested and certiﬁed to the applicable standards for safety and performance.
About CSA Group
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory solutions; global testing and certification services across key business areas including hazardous location and industrial, transportation, plumbing and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services. The CSA certiﬁcation mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.