Holiday Light Safety

Posted on December 8th, 2017

Brighten up your holiday season with electric decorations and stay safe with these tips:

  • Only purchase lights from a reputable seller approved by a national recognized testing lab. You can find the certification label from UL (Underwriters Laboratory), ETL (Intertek), or CSA (Canadian Standards Association) on the box to ensure your lighting decorations have been tested for safety.
  • Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder when hanging lights and make sure it is at least 10 feet away from any power lines.
  • Examine all cords and decorations before use each year. Check for frayed, cracked or damaged cords and replace them immediately.
  • Make sure your extension cords and any electric decorations are rated for outdoor use.
  • Consider using more energy-efficient LED bulbs. Unlike incandescants, LEDs remain cool to the touch and, since they are made of epoxy, and not glass, they are much less likely to shatter.
  • Outdoor electric lights MUST be plugged into a GFCI protected circuit. GFCI outlets are installed in areas where they could get wet and are designed to protect against shock and electrocution.  If you are unsure whether or not your outlet offers GFCI protection, an electrician from Mel Carr Electric can help – just give us a call and we’d be happy to send someone out to assist you!
  • Turn off all of your electrical decorations, both inside and outside your home, when you go to bed at night and when you are away from home. You can also consider adding an automatic timer to turn your lights off when you go to bed which will help ensure that your safety and can even save you money.
  • Never overload electrical outlets with too many devices, which can overheat and cause a fire.

Give yourself the gift of peace of mind this holiday season and be proactive about your home’s electrical safety. Keep these safety tips in mind and be sure to call a trained professional if you are concerned that you might have an electrical issue. The experts at Mel Carr Electric are here to help!