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Electrical Safety Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season is one we spend celebrating with family and loved ones. Putting up lights, decorating the tree, and hanging holly are all common holiday traditions...but there’s a darker side to the holiday season as well. The Christmas season is a common time of year for home injuries, especially those involving electrical appliances and decor. Follow these tips to ensure you have a Christmas that is as safe as it is merry and bright.

 

Reducing the Risk of Falls

When decorating your home for the holidays, it’s important to keep in mind the guests that make the holidays mean more. If you plan on hosting for Thanksgiving or Christmas, make sure any extension cords or other electrical cords are tucked away to prevent any trips or slips.

 

Check Your Outlets

Did you know that you can overload your electrical outlet? Even if you aren’t using every spot on your outlet, the wattage could be too much for what your home’s electrical system is designed to handle. Now that smart technology is becoming more advanced and other modern devices require more electricity to operate, it’s important to have your electrical outlets inspected annually to ensure that everything is in peak condition.

 

Christmas and String Lights

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, “U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 780 home structure fires per year that began with decorations”. Many Americans use string lights to decorate their homes for the holidays, but one missing light or a frayed cord can be the difference between a happy holiday and a devastating fire.

As a general rule of thumb, keep a maximum of three strands of incandescent lights on your Christmas tree. This will help prevent excessive heat generation which could start a tree fire. You could use decorations with light-emitting diodes, which can reduce heat and decrease energy costs.


This holiday season, make sure you and your family are set up to celebrate safely. If you need any electrical, heating, or cooling services, All Services is the team to call. Contact us online or by phone at (219) 233-2066.
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