Halloween is a fun time for all.
This is the time for crafters to decorate the best pumpkins, cosplayers to dress up as their favorite character, and decorators to go wild with the Halloween themed fixings. Who doesn’t love seeing the festive lights and Halloween spirit?!
The various lights and displays are fun, but they can also be dangerous. Make sure to take steps to ensure the safety of your family and your property. Keep reading to get our top tips on how to have Halloween electrical safety and still have fun.
1. Plan Your Decorations
Before you pull everything out and start throwing the lights into trees and taping their strings to the railing, make a plan. Check out how many outlets you have, especially outdoor ones, and notice where they are. You will need to plan to start and end your light strings or other electronics near one of these outlets. Make sure to distribute your lights and more energy-dependent electronics, so you don’t overburden one outlet or breaker.
2. Look for Problems in Your Decorations
Inspect all your electronics and lights. Look for exposed wires, problems with the sockets or any faulty connections - all these issues could lead to a shock or an electrical fire. Prevent this common fire starter by taking the time before you decorate to check things out.
3. Be Kind to Your Extension Cords
Look up the cord strength plus the amperage and wattage that your decorations require. Watch out for overheating when you use long extension cords. If you notice any heat in the cords or near connections, unplug them right away.
4. Use the Right Light in the Right Place
Indoor lights work best indoors, and outdoor lights work best outdoors. Keep this in mind when decorating your space. Double-check the cord or the box for the lights or decoration to be sure where it was meant to go. We are all for creativity, but sometimes it is best to follow instructions.
5. Turn It Off When You Leave
Just like you would turn off the lights or appliances inside when you leave your home, make sure to turn off intense decorations when you plan to leave or go to sleep. Keep them on when you are home and awake, so you will be aware if a problem arises.
Keep Your Home Electrically Safe this Halloween by Partnering with the Professionals
Halloween is a ton of fun to plan and experience. Get into the spirit by making your decorations and costume while safely setting up your Halloween display. If you notice any problems in your outlets or need some help assessing your home’s electrical safety, call Electric Blue Inc. We have more than 40 years of on-the-job experience working with homeowners and businesses to help keep everyone’s property electrically safe.