Thanksgiving has just passed. That means it is time for many of us to decorate our homes for the holidays. This decoration often includes colorful lighting and that means electricity. So that means safety needs to be considered.
Holiday lighting must always be placed with caution and care. That starts with old lighting. If you’re using lights from previous years, you need to check the strands for cracked cords, frayed ends or loose connections. And if you’re using new lights, inspect them carefully as well. Even though they are new, there may be problems with them.
So as we do here every year, we are offering some lighting 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.
As always, if you have any concerns with your holiday lights, call us at Eaton Electric. We will be glad to help.