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Electrical Safety: Indoor Holiday Decorations

electrical safety during the holidays

While indoor holiday decorations are fun and festive, they can also pose a danger to your home if they are not handled properly. One little mishap with a worn-out wire or an outlet and you might be dealing with electrical fires or shocks. Luckily, the pros at Roman Electric are here to help you out. Here is a quick guide to electrical safety during the holidays so you can have a safe and restful break!

1. Indoor Lights Should Not Be Near Curtains

Indoor lights are creative and fun and add to the holiday ambiance you want in your home. However, it is important to keep these lights away from drapes, curtains and any kind of flammable items—especially if these lights have incandescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs can heat up easily, increasing the chance of something in your home catching fire. If you’re tired of this risk with incandescent bulbs, try making the switch to LED bulbs! LED’s last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use 75% less energy! They also don’t radiate heat and if you purchase LEDs with epoxy lenses, they aren’t prone to shattering either.

2. Discard Frayed Cords

Keep any eye out for any lights or decorations with frayed or worn-out cords. While it might not seem like a big deal, frayed cords can lead to the live wire being exposed. This poses a serious danger to users as it increases risk of electrocution and electrical fires. It’s not worth it to use frayed cords—if you find several parts of the indoor light cords are frayed and exposed, it is best to discard them. In addition to looking out for frayed cords, making sure none of the bulbs are cracked or broken.

3. Choose Battery Operated Candles

Unless you’re using the Christmas or holiday themed scented candles, it is best to use battery operated candles for decoration purposes. Actual candles look nice, but they are risky, especially if they are placed near flammable items. Battery operated candles are safe, affordable and achieve the same effect!

4. Check for Underwriters Laboratory Sign

Before you purchase indoor lights and decorations, make sure to check for the “UL” sign on the packaging—this sign indicates that the lights have been approved by the Underwriters Laboratory and are safe to use whether it is indoors or outdoors. The Red UL sign indicates that the lights are safe to be used indoors and outdoors and the green UL sign marks that the lights are only safe for outdoor use.

5. Use Clips Instead of Nails

Instead of hammering the cords in with nails or thumb tacks, use clips or adhesive hooks. This way you can ensure your lights are hung properly and are in place without damaging the cords.

Practice Electrical Safety During the Holidays with Roman Electric!

We hope this guide to electrical safety during the holidays is helpful! If you want more electrical safety tips, get in touch with the pros at Roman Electric! Call us today at 414-369-3798 or schedule a service with us on our website!

Christmas Lighting Safety Tips

christmas lighting safety tips

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!