It’s that time of year again, and with every glowing tree, outdoor light and plugged-in present, comes a series of electrical risks and dangers. Cold weather and blowing snow can cause a host of shocking surprises for even the most handy homeowner. Lucky for you, we’ve got everything needed to prevent an electrical catastrophe this holiday season!
Keep this holiday merry and bright by decking the halls with safety in mind. Outdoor lights are a time-honored tradition, and there’s nothing better than that moment each bulb glows bright. Before stringing them up, inspect each light and discard any damaged or broken bulbs. Be sure to remove strings of lights with frayed wiring. Attach all exterior lights with UL-approved hangers and avoid hazardous nails and staples.
Remembering to clear exposed cords attached to outdoor machinery from covered snow will decrease the likelihood of cutting into loose wires. That’s an idea so bright, you could even say it glows!
Check For Indoor Hazards
Jack frost nipping at your nose? Once you’re finished putting up the outdoor lights, it’s time to brighten up your interior! However, tangled cords, exposed wiring and hazardous space heaters can all take the comfort out of Christmas. Stay cozy this season by avoiding these common indoor electrical problems.
Be sure that the only things glowing under the Christmas tree this year are presents. Avoid octopus outlets and over-heated lights by using a power bar to plug in multiple cords, and by remembering to unplug Christmas tree lights at night and when away from the home.
While any electrical appliance could be dangerous, portable space heaters can pose a serious threat. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the United States Fire Administration, an estimate of over 25,000 house fires are caused annually by portable space heaters—with most occurring throughout December and January. So what could you do today to keep your home safer? We have some suggestions:
Install GFCI Receptacles and Circuit Breakers
GFCI (ground-fault circuit-interrupter in) receptacles (or outlets) redirect currents on unintended paths, to keep passersby safe. GFCI outlets can be installed in the exterior and interior of the home. They are usually found in the bathroom, laundry room, garage, or anywhere in close proximity to water. GFCI circuit breakers are found in the service panel (breaker box) and protect all of the home’s wiring. But which approach is better; receptacles or breakers? It turns out they both have individual pros and cons. While receptacles are less expensive, they offer immediate protection to an exposed outlet. GFCI breakers, on the other hand, add protection throughout the entire home, but cost more. So the choice often comes down to efficiency and need.
Leave It To The Pros!
Each year electrical problems are responsible for holiday home fires across America. Ensuring electrical safety can prevent potential problems and save you time and money. Protect loved ones throughout the holiday season by calling JDP Electric Inc. at 701-232-1991 for all of your seasonal electrical care.