With the holidays fast approaching, many families are starting to put their decorations up in their homes. While this is a fun and willing distraction from the problems the COVID pandemic is bringing us, it’s important to keep decoration safety in mind. If you don’t know what that means, keep reading this blog about holiday decorating safety tips from the pros at Roman Electric!
1. Use GFCIs
First things first, it’s important that you use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets. GFCIs can monitor the flow of electricity using sensors—if they sense electricity spiking or flowing down the wrong path, they will shut the plugged-in appliance down. GFCIs can prevent electrical fires and electric shocks, which is why it is important you have GFCI outlets, especially outdoors, in your kitchen and bathroom. If you don’t have GFCI outlets, get in touch with your electrician to install them.
2. Use LEDs
If you want to ensure safety as well as savings, make sure you use decorative LED lights. LEDs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than their incandescent counterparts. They also don’t heat up like incandescent bulbs, meaning they are okay to touch and won’t risk overheating.
3. What is Indoors, Belongs Indoors
If you’re thinking of stringing up indoor lights or using indoor extension cords outdoors, think again. Indoor decorations are not as durable as outdoor ones and are vulnerable to moisture and extreme weather. If you want to use décor outdoors, make sure you get material that has been rated for outdoor use—check the packaging to be sure as it will safe “Safe for Outdoor Use” or something similar.
4. Use Fake Candles
While candles add a nice touch, they can certainly be dangerous and pose a risk of fires. That’s why you should consider using fake candles—they create the same effect without the fire and danger!
5. Do Not Hammer Nails
When putting up your lights, be sure you don’t hammer them in with nails or use staples as this can damage your light’s wiring. Use safe, plastic hooks or clips to put them up instead.
6. Don’t Use Broken Lights
Broken lights or those with exposed wiring can not only look bad but they can also be dangerous and lead to overheating and electrical fires. Before you put them up, make sure the lights are intact and the wiring isn’t exposed or broken.
Have any more questions about holiday decorating safety tips? The pros at Roman Electric are here to help you out. Whether you need assistance with electrical services or even plumbing, heating and cooling, our team of professionals will be here to provide you the best service possible! Call us today at 414-369-3798 or schedule a service with us on our website! We are looking forward to hearing from you and working with you.