and didn’t like you having that much fun. So now the government says those nasty outdoor Christmas lights could be dangerous and they’re going to crack down on them. Other cynics like me note this is most likely another way to end incandescent lighting. I use only incandescent Christmas lights, inside or out, and they are exempt from the regulations that ended the production/sale of regular incandescent lights, as a novelty or specialty light. Uh oh, that’s not working out for the hardline greenies. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/12/28/regulation-gone-wild-christmas-lights-are-the-next-target-of-nanny-state-thinking/
Some say this is just an attempt to make the lights safer but only 250 people in the last 35 years have died from electrocution due to Christmas lights – I’m betting that figure includes a lot of drinking/stoned people plus slick snowy roofs – so that doesn’t sound like a major health hazard to me. Sounds as though they’re going to let the EPA regulate them, wonder of wonders.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has created an example of regulate first and explain why later. In October they proposed new regulations to outlaw strings of bulbs, lighted lawn figures and similar items that would be declared as hazardous. The red tape deals with certifying wire sizes, fuses, and tensile strength of all “seasonal decorative lighting products.”
This includes Christmas tree lights, lighted wreaths, menorahs, outdoor strands, lawn figures of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, or Santa or Rudolph or Frosty the Snowman. Yes, Kwanzaa, too. CPSC is an equal opportunity Scrooge. The agency estimates that their proposed regulations will impact 100 million items per year with a market value of $500 million.
Of course, those items already are covered by safety regulations and also by industry standards and oversight. CPSC admits that 3.6-million unsafe lights were recalled under existing safeguards in place since 1974.
Heh, I’ve bought a couple of big totes’ worth of old-fashioned Christmas lights and I’m never going to the sick-looking energy-efficient ones. Mine are beautiful and healthy-looking. And fun, so keep your old regulations, EPA.