Holiday Lighting Safety Tips from Charlotte Electricians

Christmas DecorationsWhether you compete with the neighbors for the best holiday light display or you prefer the elegant simplicity of a single set of icicle lights, you’ll want to read these tips on how to safely decorate your home in Charlotte. Prevent fires and dangerous electrical shocks by focusing on holiday electrical safety.

Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

  • Never hang strings of lights with nails, staples, screws, or tacks. No matter how careful you are, you could still damage the electrical cord, creating a hazard.
  • Only use lights that specifically say that they are for outdoor use outdoors. You may think the strings of lights look the same, but outdoor lights are made differently and can better withstand the elements.
  • Plug outdoor lights into ground fault circuit interrupter outlets. These outlets help prevent electrical shorts and electrical shocks if water gets into the socket.
  • Water live, indoor Christmas trees regularly. This will help keep your tree from becoming dry and more flammable.
  • Use LED light bulbs. These will produce less heat and will therefore operate more safely both indoors and out.
  • Inspect light strings thoroughly prior to use. Check for frays, gaps in the insulation, and worn or bare spots. Also, touch light strings that are in use to make sure they are not becoming too hot. Wires that become hot should be unplugged right away.
  • Examine sockets. Make sure there are no cracks—even in tiny crack can be a hazard.

Okay, you know what to do now. Grab your Santa, your Rudolph, your snowman, and your rainbow of lights and get decorating! If you run into any electrical problems, don’t hesitate to give Douthit Electrical a call!


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