Monday, November 30, 2015

Outdoor Holiday Decoration Safety

Getting ready to decorate your home for the holidays? There are lots of electrical hazards that come with decorating that can become a major problem for homeowners if they’re not careful. In order to keep yourself and your home protected, follow the tips below:

  • Hanging lights outside? Make sure they are labeled for outdoor use. These will be able to withstand the elements and are safe for using on the exterior of your home.
  • Make sure you don’t pinch or penetrate any wires while affixing them to your home. It’s a good idea to use hooks or clips instead of staples.
  • Check each light set for broken or frayed wires and replace any if necessary.
  • Using a cord to plug your decorations in? Make sure it’s tested and labeled for outdoor use.
  • Only plug decorations into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet.
  • Leaving the house for an extended period of time? Turn off or unplug your decorations until you return home. This will also help you save on energy bills.

We hope you have a very safe and happy holiday season! Give GEN3 Electric a call if you’re unsure about the safety of a particular decoration or want us to come by to take a look. 215-512-4102.

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