As a parent, you’re always interested in keeping your kids safe. You use covers for your power outlets and teach kids to be careful around power strips. What else can you do? Actually, one of the most overlooked electrical safety tips is to choose the right light bulbs for bedrooms. Here’s how:

  • If you’re buying a new light fixture, check the box for the maximum wattage allowed.
  • For existing fixtures, you can usually find a sticker on the inside with wattage ratings.
  • Make sure the light bulbs you install are the same wattage or less.
  • Opt for LED lighting where possible.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs are also energy efficient—so they use fewer watts—but LEDs always stay cool to the touch. Of course, the bottom line is just to make sure you stay below the recommended wattage for each light fixture. In a 40-watt fixture, it’s okay to use a 40-watt bulb or even a 25-watt bulb.