Making your Holiday Merry and Bright…Safely
This year you may be ready to amp up the cheery lights and holiday décor to bring a little joy through the final stretch of 2020! Check out these tips to make sure your winter wonderland is wired safely!
- When choosing an artificial tree make sure it is one that is labeled as “fire-resistant.”
- Unplug your tree lights when you go to bed.
- Make sure you adequately water your tree to prevent it from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
- Use indoor lights only in the interior of the home.
- Inspect holiday lights for broken pieces, frayed wiring or loose connections.
- Read up on stringing sets of lights together. Often there will be a limit on the number that can be connected.
- Hang outside lights on branches or hooks, never tack or nail them in place.
- Make sure to unplug or turn off all lights and decorations for the night. Using electrical timers is an easy way to set it and forget it.
- Inspect extension cords for cracked or frayed sockets.
- Use cords rated for exterior use outside.
- Do not overload extension cords. Check a power rating for devices plugged into extension cords.
- Keep outdoor extension cords from sitting in standing water.
- Never alter the number of prongs to match your outlet or plug.
- Extension cords should never be run through walls, doorways or ceilings, or under carpets. Doing so is a fire hazard.
- Extension cords should only be used for temporary power sources, not as a permanent wiring solution. Call a certified electrician to help with whole home rewiring or adding outlets to meet your home’s needs.
Long Winter’s Nap
- Keep electronics out of your bed. Electronics like heating blankets and even iPhones left on overnight can overheat under blankets and pillows.
- Make sure your home’s smoke alarms are wired to work in each bedroom and outside sleeping areas on every level.
- Keep fresh batteries in your flashlight and new ones nearby so you are ready for any emergency outage.