Electrical Safety Tips For The Holidays
Holiday decorations are a wonderful way to show off your artistic ability and creativity. While lighting and electrical decorations do contribute to the splendor of the season, they can also significantly increase the risk of home fires and electrical injuries if not used properly.
So before you start decking the halls, make sure you brush up on your knowledge of holiday decorating safety with these tips below:
Extension Cord Safety
When running an extension cord for outdoor use, make sure the cord is meant to be used outdoors. These cords are weather-resistant and have added safeguards designed to withstand the elements.
Inspect light strings for cracked or damaged bulbs. When connecting multiple strands adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions, often times the limit is 3. When hanging lights in places that require a ladder, make sure you’ve inspected the ladder for any loose screws, nuts, or bolts.
Indoor vs. Outdoor Use
Before decorating, survey the area to find out how many outlets are available and where they are located. Plan decorations accordingly, keeping in mind that overloading electrical outlets can cause a fire. If you plan on decorating the inside of your home with lights, make sure they are manufactured for indoor use. For cooler bulbs that won’t overheat, consider purchasing LEDs.
Christmas Tree Safety
Did you know, half of home Christmas Tree fires occur between December 22nd and January 5th? To prevent fires, place your tree at least 3 feet away from all heat sources and remember to turn off all tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Dealing with electricity can be very dangerous. If you experience any problems with electrical switches or outlets while decorating, give ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric a call. Let our skilled electricians tackle any and all of your electrical needs this holiday season.
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