Since 1980 more than 250 people have been killed when decorative Christmas lights malfunction, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. So, the same folks that took the .25 cent light bulb and turned it into a $5 light bulb that never lasts as long as they promised and doesn’t save the energy they guaranteed, now want to change all your Christmas lights, too.
The new rules would apply to everything from Christmas tree lights to the light sculptures and animated figures of Santa Claus and his reindeer that illuminate front yards across the country.
Decorative lighting that does not meet new standards will be considered hazardous, the agency said.
“Consumers can be seriously injured or killed by electrical shocks or fires if seasonal and decorative lighting products are not made using minimum wire size, sufficient strain reliefs, or over-current protection,” the agency wrote.
No word on whether or not they plan to regulate the old Christmas lights and decorations many have been using since the 1950s.