Decorating for the Holidays is a fun tradition, but make sure to be safe and smart about your holiday adornments.
Holiday decorations like Holiday lights and ornaments are a beautiful part of the season. Displays range from simple (think, Charlie Brown) to over the top (think, Clark Griswold). Whether you’re planning on going all out or only a simple tree, Albuquerque Plumbing Heating Cooling has some helpful advice for making your decorations safe and practical.
- Lights – consider replacing older lights, not only do newer models use less energy, they have improved safety features
- Tree – keep real trees watered and inspect artificial trees for damage
- Decor – keep all decorations away from open flames and out of walkways
- Open Flames – never leave candles or fire unattended and make sure to extinguish thoroughly before leaving or going to bed
- do not overload sockets
- only 1 multi-plug outlet should be used per wall outlet
- inspect cords for any damage and replace if necessary
- Make sure all lights are rated for outdoors, the difference from the indoor rating is important
- Examine strands for damage, replace if any is found
Be careful putting up decorations around power lines
Make sure the ladder is not damaged, secured to the ground, and that someone else is present to assist you.
- As with the lights, ensure that all extension cords are specifically for outdoor use
- Never chain together multiple plug outlets
- Keep all plugs and outlets clear of standing water – use a brick to elevate and waterproof outlet covers
- Turn off all lights/decor before you leave home or go to bed
- Shop after-Holiday sales to find good deals to update your holiday decorations for next year
- Take lights down promptly after the holidays are over
- If available, use your home’s blueprints for length measurements
The Electrical Safety Foundation International has even more excellent information on Holiday decoration safety.