November 16, 2012 by dempseyelectric
Here at Dempsey Electric We know the holidays can be a stressful time of year. With that said, the last thing you need is a holiday electrical disaster. Holiday decorations are meant to be festive and fun, but without the proper safety practices these seemingly innocent decorations can pull the plug on any holiday celebration. So Before you trim the tree or deck the halls avoid some common electrical mishaps by following these safety precautions…
1. Don’t overload your electrical outlets!
Plugging too many lights into a single socket can overload the circuit and can lead to a house fire. To avoid overloading don’t link more than three strands of lights together unless the directions say it is safe to do so. Amperage on Christmas light can add up quickly so be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions when installing multiple lighting sets. Also note that the outlet you plan on using might already be overloaded. To avoid a nuisance caused by tripping breakers Dempsey recommends dedicated outlets and circuits for all Christmas lights.
2. All outdoor lighting and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI).
GFCIs should be installed anywhere where electricity can potentially come in contact with water. A GFCI prevents electrical shock by shutting down the electricity flow at the moment any bit of moisture is detected. To prevent electrical shock and possibly even death a GFCI is crucial when it comes to outdoor lighting. Even if your home already has a GFCI make sure you replace it every four to five years.
3. Inspect all holiday lights, decorations and extension cords before indoor or outdoor use.
Be sure to inspect all decorations, even brand new ones. Upon inspection, if you notice any frayed, bare or loose wires, broken sockets or any exposed loose connections replace it immediately. Failure to replace unsafe electrical devices can cause bodily harm via a serious shock or even start a house fire. Remember, when in doubt-throw it out!
4. Outdoor lights should be kept outdoors!
All outdoor lights and extension cords should be approved for outdoor use. Outdoor lights not plugged into outdoor approved extension cords can cause a fire.
If you need any electrical work done before the holidays or want to make sure your house is holiday ready please call Dempsey Electrics
expert Houston electricians at 713-691-6456. LET DEMPSEY SET YOU UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!