Did you get a chance to read our last blog yet? If you did, then you already know that, while putting decorations up is a nice way to celebrate the holidays, those decorations can leave you at risk for an electrical fire. We also discussed a few Christmas tree safety tips. Today, our emergency electrician will be discussing a few ways to stay safe while you enjoy your outdoor Christmas lights and decorations:
- Check your outlets- Before you plug in your Christmas lights in an outlet, always carefully check the outlet. Make sure that there are no char or burn marks before you plug your lights in.
- Use a wooden ladder- Never use a metal ladder to put plugged in Christmas lights on your house. If you use a wooden ladder, you can greatly reduce your chance for getting an electrical shock.
- Don’t use a regular staple gun- Just as you get can electrical shock from a metal ladder, you are just as susceptible to it if you use a regular staple gun. Instead, put your Christmas lights up with insulated staples, or better yet, put them up with insulated hooks or clips.
- Don’t overload your circuits- A circuit can easily get overloaded when you have too many things plugged into one outlet. Try to use a surge protector or a power strip, and plug your lights into multiple outlets whenever possible.
Want to learn more about how to safely put up your holiday decorations this year? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog!