Practicing Electrical Safety For The Holidays

Original post: 11/14/2018

A holiday tree has a fire line caution tape wrapped around it as a precaution against electrical fires.Statistics show that home fires and other electrical accidents increase during the holiday season, so it’s important to practice electrical safety. Keep reading this article to learn some steps to take so your family can remain safe this season.

Inspect Any Electrical Decorations Before Use

Check for any damaged or cracked sockets, as well as any loose or bare wires and connections. Any damage could cause a shock or start a fire.

Don’t Overload Electrical Outlets

While it’s always fun to have the brightest house on the block, an overloaded outlet is one of the most common causes of fires during the season.

Be Careful with Cord Placement

Cords shouldn’t be strained by furniture or put into tiny areas, such as windows or doors. They shouldn’t be under rugs or by heat sources. Don’t attach a cord with a nail or staples, in order to prevent a fire hazard or shock.

Stay in the Kitchen When Cooking

The holidays mean a lot of time is spent cooking, and unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of cooking fires. Stay in the kitchen to pay attention to what’s happening.

Check Decorations for the Certification Label

Decorations should have a label from an independent laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories. Without this label, the decorations have not been tested for safety and could be dangerous to have on in the home.

Water the Christmas Tree

Dry trees are a fire hazard, so keep the tree fresh by checking water levels and watering daily as needed.

Keep Combustibles Away from Heat Sources

Anything combustible should be kept at least three feet away from a heat source. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a decoration too close to a heat source is a factor in half of the home fires that start with decorations. As nice as those stockings look above the fireplace, remove them before using it.

Turn Off Decorations Before Going to Sleep

Make sure to blow out any candles and be sure to turn off lights before going to sleep or leaving the house. 

Get Emergency Electrical Service Over the Holidays

Make sure to follow the tips above to keep your family and home safe this holiday season. There are always going to be electrical hazards that come up in your home. If you have an electrical issue over the holidays, Electric Blue is here to help. Our emergency electrical techs are standing by to keep your power flowing and your family comfortable. Give us a call today.

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