Electrical Safety For Holiday Lighting

29 December 2016
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The holidays are a great time to show off your home with lighting displays. But keeping these lighting arrangements safe is an important part of the activity. Here are some things to be aware of when you're planning and installing a lighting display.

Get an Electrical Checkup

First, if you haven't had electrical services in to inspect your home for a while, it can be a great idea to have this happen before you begin to add a lot of power demands onto your home. The electrician will check for faulty outlets and damaged circuit breakers as well as checking the safety of the wiring within your home. You'll want to make sure that all of your electrical components are operating at their best before you tax them with a lighting display.

Pick the Right Lights

You can also help promote safety within your lighting display by choosing specific, energy-friendly lights, such as LED lights. This may mean that you need to replace some of your older light strings. LED light strands may be a bit more expensive than their counterparts, but they can save you a lot in terms of energy expenditure.

Placement Matters

The placement of lights also matters for keeping your home safe from fire hazards. Lights can overheat and become a fire hazard if they are placed next to flammable objects, such as stacks of paper or dry landscapes. Thus, keep your lights up and away from these items for the best fire safety.

Power Supply Is Not Unlimited

Another thing to be aware of is how you manage your power supply. The maximum number of lights that should be placed on a single outlet is 3. This means that you might need to rearrange your power supply with extra extension cords. If your lights are outside, it might be necessary to have an electrician install some additional, outdoor-safe outlets on the sides of your home.

Indoor/Outdoor Matters

Finally, note that not all lights are designed to be both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor lighting materials have a stronger, waterproof casing that allows them to withstand the elements without exposing electrical components to water. When this happens, you could be looking at a shock risk, but also your lighting display will probably short circuit with a pop. You can probably look on the tag that's present at one end of the lighting string to see whether outdoor use is advised for strands that you already have. The box on a new lighting component should also indicate this.

For more information about lighting safety and your home, contact an electrical company like Action Electric.