The holidays are upon us, which means you may be decorating your home with some of your favorite decorations. While electrical safety is not exactly the most festive activity to think about, neither are house fires or other consequences of ignoring safety practices. But, that is why we are here, to let you know some of the most common electrical issues faced around this time of the year so you know what to look out for.
As one of the premier electrical technicians in New Mexico, B&D Industries, Inc. has worked with residential and commercial properties to ensure their electrical system is in tip-top shape. We know electrical safety and here is what you need to know around the holidays.
Inspect Your Holiday Lights
Not every light is waterproof or safe to use outdoors. Before you decide to plug in that glowing reindeer that lights up the neighborhood, make sure it’s safe to display outside. Outdoor lights sometimes burn hot which can lead to a risk of fires. Always check the decoration’s box to determine if it is waterproof or can be displayed outside.
Never Use Damaged Extension Cords
You know what is an easy way to start a fire in your home? Using damaged wiring to power your decorations or appliances is extremely dangerous. Before you plug in any extension cords, inspect for any possible damage like visible wiring or frayed casing. Simply discard the wiring and plug in another cord that does not have any damage.
Protect Electrical Cords From Damage
When you are installing your holiday decorations, you should keep in mind the location of the cords. Protecting the wiring will not only help you keep these displays safe for next year, it will significantly lower any chance of an electrical fire.
- Check to see if they are being pinched by furniture
- Make sure they are safe from being hit by the vacuum
- Do not leave cords laying across the driveway or sidewalk
- Ensure all connections are watertight
- Make sure wiring will be okay when you close doors or windows
Childproof Your Plugs Before/After the Holidays
It does not matter the time of year, you should always childproof your electrical plugs. Childproof plastic plugs are not 100% effective, so you might consider investing and installing tamper-proof outlets.
Tamper-resistant outlets are designed to prevent kids from hurting themselves while fidgeting with an outlet. They have two spring-loaded shutters that close the slots when you remove your plug from the outlet. When you insert the plug, the shutters compress and allow the plug to slide in.
It is also important to note that these shutters will not open if someone tries to only slide into one shutter. Both shutters must be compressed in order to open. This is just an added level of safety you can feel comfortable about.
Make Sure There’s Space Around Your Heat Sources
To avoid possible fires, you must place any combustible materials at least 3 feet away from any heat sources. Sources may include furniture, curtains, wrapping paper, the Christmas tree, and any paper-based decorations. These items can catch fire quickly and can easily be avoided by ensuring there is enough clearance around the heat source.
B&D Industries, Inc. Helps Manage and Install Quality Electrical Systems
For over 65 years, we have provided customers with top-of-the-class services. There is not a job too big for us; we are experts in handling all electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling needs. If you have experienced any electrical issues, we are ready to assist you. Contact us today to get started.