The holiday season is here and many people in Cypress, Texas, are getting ready to put up their Christmas lights. While this is a fun winter tradition for many homes, it can be dangerous if proper safety measures aren’t taken. Enviromax Services Inc. understands that safety is always a top priority, so we’ve listed out some electrical safety tips to follow when putting up your Christmas lights this year:
- Inspect Your Lights
Whether your Christmas lights are brand new or have been with you for a few seasons, it is important to inspect them before putting them up. Look for signs of damage such as cracked or broken sockets, loose connections, or frayed or bare wires. If your lights show any of these signs, you may want to consider returning them or purchasing a new set.
- Choose the Right Lights
If you’re shopping for a new set of Christmas lights, make sure to purchase lights that have been tested and deemed safe. Look on the packaging for a note that says the lights have been listed as safe from a reputable test lab, such as UL or ETL.
- Aim for LED Lights
LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights are ideal for Christmas lights. These lights use much less energy and maintain a relatively low temperature, unlike traditional Christmas lights. The larger bulbs in traditional Christmas lights burn much hotter and can start fires. The lower temperature of LED lights makes them a much safer option for decorating your home.
- Hang Your Lights Properly
When hanging your Christmas lights, it is important to never use tacks or nails. These can pierce or wear away the protective insulation of the lights, which can expose the wires and lead to a potential electrical hazard. Instead, use insulated holders or plastic clips specifically made for hanging lights.
- Use Extension Cords Properly
Extension cords are often a necessary part of hanging Christmas lights, but make sure to use the proper ones. While outdoor extension cords can be used anywhere, it is important to keep in mind that indoor extension cords should not be used outside. Indoor extension cords often only have a single layer of insulation, which makes them much more prone to damage from the winter weather. Check the packaging to see whether an extension cord is suitable for outdoor use.
Christmas lights are a great way to get ready for the holidays, but it is important to take safety precautions when installing them. These tips will keep you safe while you celebrate the holidays. Enviromax Services Inc. is a leading name in AC and electrical repairs and services in the Cypress, Texas, area. Give us a call at (713) 466-7555.