The holiday season is here and decorations are starting to go up around
the neighborhood. While these decorations are made to handle some wear
and tear, misuse can lead to dangerous fire hazards. To protect your home
electrical fires, utilize these holiday safety tips.
Basic Electrical Rules
- Before purchasing any lights or decorations, make sure they each have a
safety label to let you know the product is safe to use in or on your home.
- Inspect every light, wire, and decoration before attempting to plug them
into an outlet. Decorations with frayed wires, cracked/missing bulbs,
and loose parts should be avoided and thrown out immediately.
Try to not overload a specific outlet with multiple decorations. Evenly
spread them out across multiple outlets to prevent an overload on any
Before leaving the house or going to sleep each night, turn off all electrical
decorations. Any decorations that are left on for too long can easily overheat.
Outdoor Specific Rules
- Before hanging any lights or using any lawn ornaments, make sure they are
made to withstand the forces of Mother Nature. Decorations that are not
made for outdoor use can immediately cause an electrical fire when they
come into contact with rain and snow.
- Use a ladder that isn't made of metal when hanging lights across the
exterior of your home. This will decrease your chances of getting shocked
- No decorations, lights, or extension cords should be left where they can
come into contact with standing water. If there is extra slack that leaves
any cords sitting on the ground, find a way to suspend them in the air.
Indoor Specific Rules
- Avoid buying a dry tree for the inside of your home. Look for the freshest
trees when selecting one for your home. If you choose to purchase an artificial
one, opt for the flame-resistant models.
- If you go ahead and purchase a real tree, make sure to water it daily.
Keeping your tree fresh and hydrated will decrease its chance of igniting
when it comes into contact with a heat source.
- Position your tree a minimum of three feet away from common indoor heat
sources. Heat from fireplaces, radiators, baseboards, etc. can cause a
tree to light up, but not in the decorative kind of way.
Decorating your home for the holidays is a fun way to bond with your family
this season, just keep a few electrical safety tips in mind. When you
need an electrician to install outdoor outlets or service your home's
electrical system, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling &
Electrical. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call
at (717) 207-9952.