Shopping for new holiday decorations can be fun. However, you should always have electrical safety in mind especially when choosing the type of lighting you want to install. Bear in mind that not all holiday lighting décor are made the same. While others offer top-quality, some might not reach the same level of standard. That’s why you should be wary about buying cheaper brands as they often cut corners to drop the price of their products. Also, hire an electrician to have your home checked in preparation for the holiday season.
Electrical safety and lighting
Always exercise caution when buying or reusing old holiday lighting. To avoid electrical hazards, follow the steps below:
- Understand what you are buying. Read the label when purchasing light strings and other décor and make sure they are rated for indoor or outdoor use. This way, you’d know which ones to keep inside and others out.
- Replace any damaged products. It’s better not to fiddle around and reuse old electrical products to avoid problems later on.
- Never overload a single electrical outlet. Overloading an outlet will cause overheating and probably start a fire.
- Instead of regular outlets, use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) for outdoor applications.
- Only buy lighting products that are marked by an accredited certification agency.
Safety tips on using electrical outlets
One of the most overused electrical components of any household during the holiday season is the electrical outlet. A single electrical outlet can only handle a certain amount of load. Typically, a Wilmington electrician would advise against overloading a single outlet. It is important to follow these steps:
- Do not overload an electrical outlet by plugging in several appliances at the same time especially if those appliances require a lot of power.
- Never remove the ground pin from three-pronged plugs. The third prong prevents electrical shocks in case the equipment fails.
- All outdoor lighting should be plugged into a GFCI outlet.
- Never run extension cords under carpets or other places where they can be damaged.
Tips on installing lighting decorations
There’s a right and wrong way of installing lighting decorations. It’s crucial that everyone knows about this to avoid any possible electrical issues. Here are ways on how to safely install decorative lighting:
- Read the instructions when connecting light strings. Some may only have a max connection of two or three. This limit is placed to avoid overloading.
- Be careful when using nails or staples for hanging light strings or avoid them altogether. Choose a less intrusive means of hanging that won’t puncture or damage the insulation of the light strings.
- Take down lighting décor after the holiday season is over. They are not meant for prolonged use. For the electrical safety of your home, do not leave them on for extended periods.
When dealing with lighting décor or anything electric, always try to consult experts like WHS Electricians LLC. Have your electrical system checked for any faults then proceed with adding holiday décor. This way, you can ensure that your home is safe and free from electrical issues for the rest of the holiday season.
Prepare your home for the holiday! Make sure everything is in check! Maintain electrical safety in your household by hiring WHS Electricians LLC for a thorough inspection of your electrical system. You may reach us at (910) 408-5448 for more information on our services.
WHS Electricians LLC
Wilmington, NC 28409