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Bah, humbug! Feds to regulate Christmas lights

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The calendar says May, but Christmas is already under attack again – and a new federal regulation aimed at holiday lights proves that nothing is off limits when it comes to government control in the Obama Era.

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A ruling issued on Monday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission claims certain decorations are a “substantial product hazard.” The 39-page report lays out specifications for acceptable seasonal lighting, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

The ruling includes but is not limited to “stars, wreaths, candles without shades, light sculptures, blow-molded (plastic) figures, and animated figures.”

The CPSC ruling says a product will be noncompliant if it doesn’t “contain any one of three observable characteristics – minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection,” according to the Beacon.

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The CPSC stated that 258 deaths have been associated with Christmas lights over the course of three decades and argue the regulations will reduce the number of incidents.

The Beacon was quick to point out the relatively low incidences of death by holiday lights in contrast to the 300 or so who die of alcohol poisoning every year in California alone.

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To make the ruling more understandable, the CPSC outlined a definition of a Christmas bulb stating, “Lighting products within the scope of the rule are typically used seasonally and provide only decorative lumination.”

“The products typically are displayed for a relatively short period of time and are then removed and stored until needed again.”

This is taxpayer money “at work” folks.

The CPSC maintains the ruling is listed as a “voluntary standard.” Manufacturers and retailers, however, may face possible civil and “criminal penalties” for failing to report products that are not in compliance with the new regulation, the Beacon reported.

Get ready to pay more for Christmas lights.

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