With Christmas almost here, it’s no secret that homeowners have started decorating their homes in various decorative lights. While you share this fun and festive tradition with your loved ones, remember to stay safe. Any little mistake or oversight and you might be dealing with electrical problems that could potentially harm you or your family and friends. To help you stay safe, the pros at Roman Electric have some helpful and effective Christmas lighting safety tips.
1. Use LEDs!
If you are thinking of purchasing new Christmas lights, skip the incandescent bulbs and get LED lights instead. According to the Department of Energy, LED lights last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting and use at least 75 % less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. These lights also don’t radiate heating and can come with epoxy lenses, making them less likely to shatter. Incandescent bulbs are far more vulnerable to breaking and burning fingers—switch to LEDs today!
2. Don’t Use Old Lights
Before you hang up your Christmas lights, make sure your lights are not broken and the wires are not worn out. If you notice your lights are old or deteriorated, it is best to get newer lights. Older and broken lights can be dangerous in addition to being inefficient.
3. Outdoor Lights and Indoor Lights are NOT Interchangeable
Make sure the lights you use are meant for outdoor or indoor use. You can’t use lights made for indoor use outside and vice versa. Be especially careful with extension cords—if you are using them outside, ensure they are rated for outdoor use (check the packaging for signs such as “Safe for Outdoor Use”). Make sure you plug these cords into GFCI outlets, which protect you from shock if the cord is exposed to water.
4. Avoid Candles
Although candles might create the soft ambiance you want, it’s usually not a great idea to use them in great quantity. If you decide to use candles, make sure you keep them far away from the tree. A lot of Christmas tree fires (yes, there is such a thing as a Christmas tree fire) are caused by candles that have been placed a little too close to trees.
Pro tip: Try battery operated candles! They are safe, affordable and they achieve the soft glow you desire!
5. Don’t Leave Lights On
Don’t make the mistake of leaving your Christmas lights (outside or inside) when you go to bed. Leaving lights on throughout the night can cost you a lot on your electric bill. To prevent this issue, you can get lights with timers that allow the lights to shut off automatically!
Stay Safe This Holiday Season with Roman Electric!
We hope these Christmas lighting safety tips have been helpful for you. If you want to learn more about how you can practice electrical safety while having a fun and festive Christmas, get in touch with the pros at Roman Electric! Call us today at 414-369-3798 or schedule an appointment with us on our website!