DO . . .

1. Check strings of lights first. Look for damaged wires, plugs and light sockets.2. Keep connections off the ground. Disconnect from power before replacing bulbs.

3. Clamp electrical lights directly to branches.

4. Use weather-proofed cords and lights outdoors.

5. Start at the top of tree and work down.

6. Cover outdoor plug and connector joints with plastic wrap and seal the ends with electrical tape.

7. Use a GE ground fault circuit interrupter. It automatically shuts off the current before a serious mishap can occur.

DON'T . . .

1. Overload electrical circuits.

2. Leave cords trailing along the ground.

3. Let metal foil or tinsel lay against electrical decorations.

4. Twist the wires.

5. Use frayed cords or faulty socket.

6. Hang outdoor lights with the sockets up; they'll collect water.

7. Leave tree lights on while away from home or after retiring for the night.