Electrical safety tips for the holiday season

Well, it’s time for the holidays again and you know what that means! Fun, family, feasts, presents and well – lots and lots of lights! We know electrical safety might not be the most festive holiday topic to discuss, but it is an important one – and one we’re going to spend a little time discussing today. 

While we all love incredible light displays and sometimes revel in the accomplishment of doing something insane – it’s also important to keep your sanity at least in partial-check and keep an eye on safety. Here are some holiday electrical safety tips for you to follow as you create a holiday display that will bring your neighbors to heel. Let’s jump right in!

Check your cords

One of the most common causes of electrical fires is using damaged electrical cords. That’s why it’s important that before you use any sort of light string that you check it for any fraying or visible internal wiring. Make sure your cords are good to go before you put them to use. Not only is this important to your safety, but a short circuit or power surge could actually harm the rest of your display, so be sure to put in the quick inspection ahead of time. 

Using the wrong lights

Just because you can use a set of lights indoors, does not always mean that it’s ok to use it outdoors. The same goes for the opposite scenario. Outdoor lights can also burn at high temperatures and can even cause your Christmas tree to catch fire. Always make sure you’re checking the light’s packaging to make sure you’re using the right kinds of lights. There should be an indicator as to what will work in what setting.

Overloaded outlets

When you use multiple decorations or devices – you run the risk of an overloaded outlet – which is a classic electrical safety ‘no-no.’ This can lead to fires, power outages and a myriad of other issues. Try to make sure your decorations are spread out and that they draw power from multiple power sources – and not just one. And if you’re going to use a power strip- only use ones that are new or in good repair. 

Don’t leave the lights on

Only flip on your lights when someone is home and awake to keep an eye on them. This is important for two reasons. For one, if you want to see the biggest electrical bill in the history of your life, leave the lights on all day and you’ll see what that looks like and trust us – it’s awful. Second, in the event something does happen – you’ll be there to address the issue before it gets out of control. 

Don’t cheap out

Don’t ever use counterfeit or unsafe products, no matter what. Any decorations you use should come with some sort of certification like an Underwriters association cert. Always be wary of foreign-made decorations that don’t fall into compliance. 

Hopefully, these tips will help you as you put together the craziest Christmas display in the history of all of them. Be mindful, be careful but most of all – enjoy the holidays. This year, we’ve earned it!