The holidays are upon us. While it’s an exciting time to decorate your home in twinkling lights, it’s also a time to practice electrical safety. There are a few things you should know before you glow. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, one out of three Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical issues. Here are some electrical lighting safety tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday season.
Avoid Overloading Circuits
When putting up lights this year, be sure not to overload your circuits. It’s important to remember that exceeding the wattage could cause overheating which puts your home at risk of fire. If the circuit wiring overheats, the wire insulation can melt. Be careful this holiday season when hanging up Christmas lights!
Throw Away Damaged Cords
Did you take out your box of lights only to realize some of the cords were damaged or frayed? As a general rule of thumb, you never want to use damaged cords – especially if the live wire is exposed. This can leave you vulnerable to electrical fires. Make sure to throw out any cords that are damaged and purchase new ones this season.
Give Your Lights A Break
It’s not uncommon for homeowners to leave their Christmas lights on 24/7 during the holiday season. However, it’s not wise to do this. Not only can this increase your energy bills but it can also cause some safety issues for you and your family. Before you go to bed or leave your house for extended periods of time, unplug your lights.
Use The Right Lights
There are lights intended for indoor or outdoor use – or both. When picking up Christmas lights, make sure you are checking the box to find out how and where you should be using your lights. If your lights are designed for indoor purposes only, for example, you want to make sure you’re not using them outside.
Plug Outdoor Lights Into GFCI Outlets
If you live in an area that experiences wet winters, then this tip is for you. Plugging outdoor lights into GFCI outlets will help prevent electric shock. If your outlet detects wet conditions, it’ll automatically shut off power to your lights. Another way to keep your lights dry is to make sure you never leave exposed plugs on the ground, and use covers to prevent them from getting wet. This can not only help prevent electric shock, but it can also help prevent tripped outlets or strands of lights going out.
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Whether you need electrical, HVAC, or plumbing service, the pros at OnTime Service are here for all your home service needs through every season. This holiday season, make sure you are staying comfortable and safe – your comfort and safety is our top priority. Contact us today at (205) 872-1944 or online by filling out our form here.