The holiday season is here! It’s this time of year again where millions of people start to adorn their homes with decorative lighting. Sadly, not all people are aware that they are putting their homes at risk with the wrong installation and usage of holiday lighting. The jolly spirit of Christmas shouldn’t be a reason why people forget about electrical safety. Your neighborhood North Myrtle Beach electrician will often warn of the dangers associated with holiday decorations. According to statistics, there are hundreds of house fires each year caused by holiday decorations.
This is not to instill fear among people but rather to educate everybody on the dangers that could possibly arise with incorrect use and installation of decorative items. There are ways on how to completely avoid these risks, though.
Below are some ways on how you can observe electrical safety while decorating your home:
The first thing that you should do is inspect your decorative lighting. Regardless of the new or old your lights are, they should be inspected for safety reasons. Below are some tips from a local electrician that you can follow:
- Check your lights and extension cords before you hang them.
- Check for cracked, broken, or missing bulbs. Any missing bulbs can give you a nasty shock.
- Check the insulation of your lights. Make sure there are no exposed areas. If there are any, seal them with electrical tape. Don’t use duct tape or any other kind of tape as they may not provide proper insulation.
- Never use damaged electrical cords to avoid electrocution or risk a house fire.
Guidelines for purchasing outdoor lighting
Unlike the old days, there’s a wide array of LED lighting choices available in the market now. With that in mind, it can be easy to get lost in the process of selecting a type of holiday décor. However, you should always proceed with a certain level of caution. Always make it a habit to read the label. When buying lights for outdoor applications, be sure that it is rated for “outdoor use”, such as landscape lighting, and not the other way around. Indoor lighting often does not have insulated or water-resistant properties of those designed for outdoor use. Reading the label will help avoid confusion.
Installing Christmas lighting
You probably have a lot of experience with installing holiday lights, however, that doesn’t exempt you from following safety protocols. Always observe safety measures whenever hanging lights or stringing two or more lights together. Also, before you go all out with your Christmas decoration, be sure that all electrical issues are resolved. It’s best to have an electrical repair done before the official start of the holiday season.
Hire an electrician and resolve any issues first
It is very important to have any electrical issues resolved prior to adding other electrical components such as lighting. Hire an electrician like NMB Electrician Pros to inspect the electrical system in your home. Any electrical problems must be resolved especially during a time when you will be using a lot of electricity for heating, lighting, and for other purposes.
If you need expert electrical services in North Myrtle Beach, choose NMB Electrician Pros. We offer top-quality services suited for all your electrical needs. You may reach us at (843) 491-4489.
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