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Recall of Curtain-Style Holiday Lights

They were beautiful this past holiday season - the new lights resembling icicles that people put on their homes. In cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, retailers nationwide are recalling more than 1.5 million sets of the curtain-style indoor/outdoor holiday lights.

The recalled strings of lights use a horizontal electrical wire and have vertical strings of four to seven lights that hang down to give an icicle effect when hung on a roof’s edge or a tree. The recalled sets have a splicing connector at the point where the string of lights hang down from the horizontal wire. The problem? The electrical wiring can pull out from the splices of these decorative light sets, exposing live wires and presenting an electrocution hazard.

Consumers should stop using these light sets and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. If you have questions, call 1-800-638-2772.

Related web site: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml98/98038.html

Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission news release #98-038, Dec. 10, 1997

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