It is that time of year when you and your neighbors begin to hang Christmas lights on every part of your home that can be covered and win the title of the most festive looking house on the block. Hanging exterior Christmas lights is a fun and exciting tradition that many families take seriously, and take pride in the finished product as well. Having your home be one that is frequently driven by during the holiday season is a sure sign that your lights are hung well and your display is one that promotes holiday spirit and cheer. If you are a first timer when it comes to exterior holiday décor this year, there a few tips to consider before you go crazy on your house.
Holiday Lighting Safety Tips
One important factor to consider throughout the process of decorating the exterior of your home with lights is your safety. Be sure to drink your Ovaltine and use a good ladder when installing your Christmas lights. When hanging your lights, always secure them with insulated light holders and never use tacks or nails. If you have a large tree on your property that you would like to hang lights on, make sure that it does not come into contact with any type of power line. Before installing your lights, make sure you plug them in first, to make sure all of the bulbs are glowing properly.
GFCI Circuit Breaker Installation
Using the proper outlet to power your exterior holiday décor is essential. Your source of power should come from a ground fault circuit interrupter, also known as a GFCI outlet. This is a very safe option as it will shut the circuit down if there is over current. You want the lights on your house to glow beautifully, not spark and set fire to your home. If you do not have a GFCI outlet, contact Burley Electrical today and one of our technicians will install one for you.
Outdoor Extension Cord Safety
One item that comes in handy when lighting the exterior of your home for the holidays is an extension cord. When using an extension cord, always make sure that it is rated for outdoor use, and be sure to keep the connections above ground. Avoid placing your extension cords in high traffic areas and be sure to securely tape them down so tripping will not become a regular occurrence.
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If you are ready to make your home the champion of all exterior holiday décor this year, contact Burley Electrical today to assist you with all of your electrical needs and keep your home safe this holiday season.