The holidays are right around the corner — some have already started — so to get into a festive mood, it’s about time you broke out the lights and tinsel. But before you pull a “Martha May Whovier,” and go Christmas light crazy, there are a few holiday lighting safety tips you should follow.
Check the Wires
More than likely your holiday lights have been instorage for a close to a full calendar year, so check the wires for any damage. Since frayed wires can cause electrical problems and potentially even fires, if any of yours are damaged, get new lights.
Use Outside Lights
Not all light bulbs are created the same. The lights you use outside need to be UL-rated as weatherproof, outdoor lights. Indoor lights should never be used outside since they can’t handle snow and cold weather.
Use the Right Outlets
The power source for your outdoor holiday lighting should come from a ground fault circuit interrupter. These circuits shut down if there is overcurrent, preventing any major electrical damage or safety hazards.
Tape Down Extension Cords
First off, use extension cords that are able to handle any weather and are the right length to easily reach your lights. Once they’re all hooked up to your holiday lighting, you should keep them out of high-traffic areas — like your walkways — and make sure they’re covered with tape to avoid tripping.
When it comes to keeping your holiday lighting and home safe, trust the experts at Ace Solves It All. We’ve been in the electrical business in the Orlando, FL area since 1994, and there’s no job too large or small for our team of experienced electricians to handle. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at (407) 850-4900.