Tis' the season! The time of year to put up your best holiday cheer and deck the halls! The excitement and preparation might tempt you to forget some essential electrical safety precautions when decorating, so it is necessary to remind yourself of them!
Let us help you enjoy your holidays to make your holiday merry, bright, and safe!
Inspect Your Lights & Decorations
Before putting up any holiday lights or decorations, scrutinize everything. Look for any missing or broken plugs, sockets, or bulbs, as they can pose a fire hazard.
When hanging your lights or other decorations, ensure you only use approved electrical cords and plugs. Also, inspect your decoration manual carefully to see where you can use it, indoors or outdoors.
Another thing to be aware of is the type of lights you use. LED lights are safer than traditional incandescent lights because they do not get as hot. If you use traditional lights, keep them away from curtains, trees, and other flammable objects.
Safely Place Your Cords
When inspecting your decorations, if you find any of your cords damaged, ensure they are correctly handled and thrown away, as they can be dangerous. It is essential to keep your electrical cords at least three feet away from any heat sources. Also, avoid running or hiding your cables under any rugs or furniture.
If you plan on using an extension cord, ensure it's rated for its power. A power strip with a circuit breaker is best to avoid overheating your unit.
Check Your Outlets
As a homeowner, always ensure to never overload any outlet by plugging in too many cords, as it can create an electrical hazard. It is also essential to use caution when plugging in appliances, as some are more prone to overheating than others. If a device does overheat, it is necessary to unplug it and contact a professional.
Invest in GFCIs
Many electrical holiday accidents can be avoided using GFCIs, or ground fault circuit interrupters. These devices protect you from possible electrical shocks. They work by shutting off the power when there is a problem. You can have them installed almost anywhere, like bathrooms and kitchens, so it's a good idea to use them when plugging in your holiday lights.
At Sylvester Electric, Inc., our priority is to ensure you and your home are safe this holiday season! Contact us today at (978) 910-0021 to get your electrical system checked and maintained.