It is time to hang those Christmas lights and commence the friendly neighborhood competition to which house the most elaborate lighting, the extraordinary displays, and maybe even the perfect synchronized music to gain the honorary blue ribbon figment. Whenever you are working with electricity, it is crucial to practice reasonable safety protocols, give electricity the respect it deserves, and always commit to caution and common sense while working with even the simplicity of electrical devices.
Burley electrical Services, Inc. would like to offer some tips when hanging your lights this holiday season.
1. Utilize a sturdy ladder when hanging your lights. Leave the precarious stunts to Hollywood or circus shows. Do not string any lights that come in contact with the power lines. Never use tack, nails or screws to fasten the lights to your home. Before attempting to hang your lights, plug them in and make sure they are all working accordingly; it is easier to replace bulbs or fuses on the ground. Always turn off your lights before bed time or if you leave your home unattended.
2. Your power source should come from a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. This type of outlet will shut the circuit down if there is over current. If you don’t have a GFCI outlet, a qualified electrician from Burley Electrical Services, Inc. can permanently install one outdoors for your holiday light show in future years.
3. Extension cords should be tied down and out of your general walk way. No one wants to get tangled in the cords and trip and fall. Don’t allow an extension cord to be so tight that they extend off the ground, creating a perfect trap for the natural klutz. If need be, invest in an additional extension cord to make sure it is better planted onto the ground to safeguard the poor soul constantly tripping. Make sure the extension cords are marked for outdoor use and are weather-proofed.
4. There are quite a few assortment of lights to choose from when selecting the right lights for your display. Ensure you are using waterproof or water-resistant lights with a tag marked underwriters lab (UL). This means the lights meet national industry standards with the American National Standards Institute. Make sure they are rated for outdoor use (just like your extension cords). Never use indoor Christmas lights outdoors.
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There is always much to consider with your lights, if you find you have exterior outlets not working, hire Burley Electrical Services, Inc. to replace it for you, running lights through a cracked windows is a waste of energy and can be a safety hazard. Be safe this holiday season and string up your lights safely.