It feels like just yesterday we were wondering if the hot summer was ever going to cool down, and now we are getting ready for the holiday season! With Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all happening in the next three months, it’s never too early to start planning for holiday parties or special guests. Here are some tips an expert electrician wants you to know.
When people think about getting their house ready for a festive gathering, they might forget an important step, which is checking on your home’s electrical safety. Fortunately, we have all the information you need to prepare your home for the holidays.
Electrician Tips For Holiday Decorations
Check your heating system
As the weather gets colder, winter’s chill will arrive. There’s nothing better than entering a warm house to escape the cold. Make sure to check your heating system for any issues that could prevent you from heating your home. You don’t want to be without heat, especially when you have guests in town. The heating system has been off for over half a year, so give it a test or an inspection to make sure it’s ready when the first frost comes.
Consider buying outdoor extension cords
Do you like adding some spooky decorations to your front yard for Halloween or lighting up your house with Christmas decorations? Then think about getting outdoor extension cords designed to withstand the winter weather.
Outdoor electrical cords are more durable and can handle rain, snow, and ice better than indoor extension cords. Before you bring out your decorations and plan your Christmas light display, invest in some outdoor extension cords to keep your display going all through December.
Check carbon monoxide detectors
The holiday season can be a time when carbon monoxide builds up in your home, so it’s important to ensure your detectors are working properly. With your oven busy preparing delicious holiday recipes and the water heater working harder in the colder weather, carbon monoxide could potentially enter your home. A simple check of your detectors can prevent any issues for you and your guests.
Keep your Christmas tree away from heat sources
Christmas trees are a common part of holiday decorations, but did you know they pose a fire risk? If not watered regularly, live Christmas trees can dry out quickly and become a fire hazard, especially if placed near a heat source like a heater or hot lights. Whether you have a live or artificial tree, keep it away from other appliances and avoid using heated lights. Don’t forget to water your live tree daily to prevent it from drying out.
Prioritize electrical safety
Each holiday brings various fun and festive decorations. While they may look great for you and your guests, be sure not to overload your outlets, which can lead to electrical fires. Keep wires and cords out of reach of children and pets. Always keep electrical decorations away from moisture, and remember to turn off all decorations before going to bed.
If you’re gearing up for the holiday season, make sure not to overlook the importance of ensuring your home is electrically safe. If you’re unsure about anything in your home being ready for the upcoming festivities, don’t hesitate to give MB Electrician Pros a call.
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