The winter holiday season has it’s unique set of obstacles when dealing with electrical safety. Stay safe during the season with these tips:
- Use the right type of light. Some lights are rated only for indoor use so don’t use them outside. Same goes with extension cords.
- Replace damaged light strings and cords.
- Ensure your outside power outlets are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI). They are like mini breakers that will turn off the power in the event of a short to prevent fire and potentially save your life.
- Never remove the third prong (ground) in a plug. This helps prevent shocks.
- Read the manufactures instructions to confirm how many light strings can be connected in series.
- Never staple cords. The staples could damage the cord and become a fire hazard.
- Most holiday outdoor lighting isn’t suitable for year-round use. Read the products instructions.
- Christmas Trees:
- If you have a natural tree, ensure it’s watered. A dry tree is more dangerous due to potential fire.
- Ensure empty sockets are replaced with bulbs. A child or pet could stick something in it or put it in their mouth causing a shock.
- Turn off your tree lights when you go to bed or leave your home. Never leave unattended.
- Avoid overloading your outlets. What happens when you don’t?