One of the most exciting parts of Christmas is definitely decorating the house. From putting the tree up, to turning the fireplace mantle into a festive wonderland, we love everything about the holidays!
However, although lights and electrical decorations definitely add to the festive period – they also mean that there is added risk in the home.
When it comes to electrical safety, one small mistake could cause you big problems. Christmas is a time for celebration, so don’t let your happy holidays turn into a disaster. Here are some tips for keeping safe and savvy this December.
Limit The Amount of Electrical Decorations
You should avoid overloading your electrical circuits. Your outlets are only made to handle a certain amount of wattage – pushing it beyond this can have serious consequences, such as fires breaking out. To ease the load, we suggest that you spread them out over multiple extension cords – this is much safer.
Check Your Lights
This is especially important for the people who are reusing lights that are a couple of years old. There is nothing wrong with reusing decorations, but it’s important that you double check them over before you even plug them in. Are they damaged in any way? Look for any cracks, loose connections, or bare wires. If you find any damage, throw them away!
Stay Candle Safe
If you’re going to be breaking out of your festive candles this Christmas, then it’s important to remember how to use them safely. You should always light them away from anything that could burn/set on fire, and out of reach from any pets and children. Remember to always blow them out when leaving the room/going to bed.
Remember to Always Switch Off
Don’t leave the house or go to bed and leave your Christmas tree lights on. In fact, don’t leave any lights or electrical decorations plugged in overnight. Whether you’re heading upstairs or outside, it’s important to switch off and unplug your Christmas lights. It will save you money on your electricity bill, as well as stop any nasty electrical hazards from happening.
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