Editor’s Note: Stock photo of outdoor summer lights
FRAMINGHAM – Framingham firefighters extinguished a wooden fence fire at 3:30 a.m. today, June 22 in the Nobscot section of the City.
Around 3:30 a.m. Framingham Fire Engine 7, Engine 2, Rescue 1, Tower 1 & Car 2 responded to Juniper Lane for a reported fire.
On arrival Engine 7 assisted homeowner with extinguishment of a wooden fence, said Framingham Fire Chief Michael Dutcher.
“It appears as though a short circuit in a string of decorative lights caught a section of wooden fence on fire,” said the fire chief.
The State Fire Marshal offers these tips for safe use of outdoor lights:
- Be sure to use only lights rated for outdoor use.
- Consider replacing older outdoor lights with newer LED lights that are ‘greener’ and cooler.
- Securely anchor outdoor lights and decorations against the wind and storms with insulated holders or hooks.
- Use electrical connection protectors to keep water out.
- All outdoor electrical decorations should be plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). You can buy portable units for outdoor use, or you can have them permanently installed by an electrician.
- Don’t overload circuits. 15 amp circuits support 1,800 watts and 20 amp circuits support 2,400 watts.
- Do not drive nails, staples or tacks through wiring insulation; this can cause a fire.