The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a new regulation on Christmas lights, saying too many have died between the years 1980 and 2013.
“The Consumer Product Safety Commission … is issuing a final rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain any one of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief or overcurrent protection), as addressed in a voluntary standard, are deemed a substantial product hazard under the [law],” the rule stated, Fox News reported.
The media outlet said the regulations apply to “stars, wreaths, candles without shades, light sculptures, blow-molded (plastic) figures, and animated figures.”
All “solar-powered products” have been exempted.
The agency said there have been 258 deaths tied to Christmas lighting causes between 1980 and 2013.
“A lighting string provided with decorative covers over the lamps is a decorative outfit,” the rule said. “If not constructed properly, lighting powered by 120 volts can be damaged easily and can pose a risk of electrical shock or fire.”