Christmas is a time of giving; of the coming together of family, friends, and loved ones; of brightly wrapped presents, sparkling Christmas trees, and twinkling lights. L-Train Electric is here with information on how to keep your holidays bright this year with our 9 Tips of Christmas Electrical Safety!
Tip #1 – Inspect your light strands. It doesn’t matter if they’re exterior or interior strands, if they’re damaged or wiring is exposed, it could cause severe injury or fire.
Tip #2 – Always use certified lights. Dollar store lights may be a tempting way to save a few bucks, but they can end up costing you big in the long run. Electrical products are inspected by UL (Underwriters Laboratories) in the United States, and tag those that pass with their symbol.
Tip #3 – Use the appropriate lights. Outdoor for outdoor, and indoor for indoor. It’s as simple as that. Not sure how to tell which are which? Outdoor strands will be tagged with the UL symbol on a red or silver background with red writing, while indoor strands will either have green UL tags, or silver with green writing. Ensure any extension cords used are appropriate as well.
Tip #4 – Use insulated hooks. When hanging lights, avoid staples, nails, tacks, or screws that can pierce a light strand. Insulated hooks are simple to install, and make hanging lights easier.
Tip #5 – Avoid overload. If an extension cord is overloaded, it will feel hot to the touch. Unplug it immediately to avoid injury or fire, and always follow the pros on how to safely plan your wattage use.
Tip #6 – Replace candles. Unless you’re using open-flame candles for a religious reason, it’s best to switch them out with battery-powered replacements. Also there are now many styles that give the same look and scent as traditional candles.
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Tip #7 – Protect electrical cords. Keep electrical cords close to the wall and away from young children and pets. Do not run cords under area rugs or in high-traffic areas. If running a cord across the floor is unavoidable, there are covers you can purchase to protect the cord and minimize tripping hazards.
Tip #8 – Keep live trees alive. Live trees need a large amount of water to stay healthy. Also keep your Christmas tree maintained to avoid dangerous and potentially deadly fires. Also keep your tree and presents at least 3 feet from all heat sources.
Tip #9 – Turn off your lights. Not just your lights, but all decorations that use electricity will need a break from time to time. Also when no one is home and while you sleep are the best times to switch those controls to off, save some money on electricity, and let those circuits cool down.
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