Top 8 Electrical Hazards To Watch Out For This Holiday Season
Have a merry and bright holiday season without comprising your safety! There are a few things you should know before you glow. Here are the top 8 electrical hazards to watch out for this holiday season.
1. Using The Wrong Lights
When you purchase new lights and decorations this season, make sure to always check the box. If the box says they are for indoor use only, make sure not to use them outside – and vice versa. Outdoor lights can sometimes burn hot, causing fire risk to your Christmas tree if you use them inside.
2. Using Unsafe Products
But how will you know if they’re unsafe? Every box of decorations you buy should be marked with a certification on the box, such as UL (which stands for Underwriters Laboratories).
3. Leaving Lights On 24/7
While it is tempting to leave your lights on at all times during the Christmas season, make sure to turn them off before you leave the house for extended periods of time. Not only that, but you may even want to turn them off before going to bed at night.
4. Overloading Circuits
Overloading circuits can cause the circuit wiring to overheat, which could melt the wire insulation and lead to a fire. Make sure not to overload circuits when decorating your home this season.
5. Using Damaged Cords
If you’ve pulled out damaged or frayed extension cords, don’t use them – especially if a live wire is exposed. This could leave you vulnerable to electric fire or even electric shock. Throw those ones out and pick up some new ones at your local store.
6. Damaging Strings of Lights
Be careful when hanging lights on your roof, for example. Stay away from using tacks, staples, screws, and nails as these can damage your cords. Use insulated caps instead when hanging lights.
7. Wet Conditions
Do you live in an area where it snows or rains a lot this time of year? If so, be mindful of your outdoor decorations and never leave cords on the ground. Not only that, but you should also consider plugging all your decorations into GFCI outlets.
8. Your Kitchen
We’ve talked a lot of lights and decorations, but what we haven’t addressed is what goes on inside the home this time of year. You are likely spending more time in your kitchen and with that comes its own set of risks, including:
• Distractions: Make sure to keep an eye on your stove and oven. Set a timer to alert you when food is done, and keep kids and pets out of the kitchen while you’re cooking.
• Fires: Be aware of potential fire hazards. Clean up grease spills and keep items such as your oven mitts and towels away from burners.
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