We just celebrated Thanksgiving, so that must mean it is time for the next in the series of holiday traditions between the end of November and the beginning of January – decorating our homes for the holidays. And for most people those decorations include colorful indoor and outdoor lighting. With that comes electric and safety issues.
Holiday lighting must always be installed with an abundance of caution and care. The first concern must deal with old lighting. If you are getting old lights out of the box in in the garage, you need to be careful. Check the strands for cracked cords, frayed ends or loose connections. And if you’re buying new lights this year, you still need to be careful. New doesn’t necessarily mean there are no problems.
So, as part of our tradition at Eaton Electric, here is our annual list of lighting safety tips to help make sure you have a safe holiday season.
#1 Inspect Light Strings
Discard any that are damaged because they may be a fire hazard.
#2 Replace Burned-Out Bulbs
Empty sockets may cause the entire string to overheat so replace them as soon as possible.
#3 Make Sure Outdoor Lighting is Weather Resistant
It is extremely important to make sure you are buying the correct lighting for the conditions you are using it in. The same goes for extension cords.
#4 Don’t Attach Light Strings with Nails or Staples
They can cut through the wire insulation and create a fire hazard. Instead use outdoor-approved hangers.
#5 Take Exterior Lights Down Within 90 Days
Sometimes we get lazy and leave lights up for months after the holiday season. The longer they stay up, the more likely they are to suffer damage, so remove them as soon as possible.
#6 Store Lights Safely
Tangled lights can lead to damaged cords and empty sockets. After the holidays, wrap each string loosely around a piece of cardboard, fold fabric over it to protect the bulbs, and store it in a container until next year.
If you have any concerns about your holiday lights, please call us. We’d be happy to come out and make sure your holiday season is both safe and happy.