During the holidays, a lot of people use more electricity than they normally do throughout the rest of the year. Because of this, there tend to be quite a few electrical accidents that occur between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Fortunately, there are some ways to prevent holiday electrical accidents.
1. Hang up the Right Kind of Lights Outside
Not all types of holiday lights are meant to be hung outside. Some people don’t realize this, and they put themselves at risk of having an electrical fire. Before any types of lights are hung up outside, they need to be checked to make sure they are meant to be placed outdoors and that they are in good shape.
2. Do Not Plug in Too Many Lights
A lot of people make the mistake of plugging in too many holiday lights into a single circuit, and this can cause it to overload. When this happens, it can cause a short circuit and a fire. If a circuit gets overloaded and is no longer functioning properly, an electrician from Mr. Electric can replace or repair it.
3. Keep Holiday Lights Away From the Fireplace
Surprisingly, there are some Tampa, Florida residents who have a fireplace, and they like to decorate it for the holidays. While holiday lights might look good on the mantle, the heat from a roaring fire can cause them to melt. It’s best to only decorate a mantle with items that don’t need to be plugged in and won’t melt.
4. Plug Extension Cords Into Outlets
For those who have a lot of holiday decorations that they place far away from an outlet, they may have gotten into the habit of plugging extension cords into each other. Unfortunately, this can cause the extension cords to overheat and damage the holiday decorations. They are better off using a surge protector that’s made for the outdoors or moving their holiday decorations so that they are closer to an outlet.
5. Use Space Heaters Properly
Tampa, Florida can get chilly during the winter months. Space heaters can be very beneficial for those who don’t have any other way to heat their homes. However, quite a few electrical fires occur because a space heater wasn’t used properly. They should never be placed in a walkway or an area where they can be easily knocked over. There shouldn’t be any objects or flammable items directly in front of them, and they should never be left unattended, even if it’s for only a couple of minutes.
With the holidays comes an increase in electrical accidents. Fortunately, many of these accidents can be avoided if the right precautions are taken. Contact us at Mr. Electric for all your electrical service needs in Tampa or the surrounding area.