There is a lot of power in use this time of year, which is fairly obvious. Holiday lights (inside, outside, on the walls, on the tree) and increased kitchen usage are just two big reasons why holiday electrical use is much higher than other times of year. There’s a lot going on in these few months, but make sure that you keep safe and don’t overload your system in the process!
Keep an Eye on All Holiday Electrical at Home
Again, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are a good amount of fire hazards this time of year. Christmas tries can dry out, putting them more at risk for things like space heaters or broken lights. 1/3 of annual fires break out this time of year, so you need to make sure your home is secure in case of an accident. For example, always turn off lights and other electronics before you go out or go to sleep, and water your tree regularly (if it’s a real one) to keep it from drying out.
There are the usual hazards here, too, including risk of shock from overloaded outlets. You can use a surge protector to make things a little more manageable, but you should also take care to not keep everything plugged in to the same area. Similarly, don’t overload the system by running a lot at once: heaters, blow dryers, etc.
A few other tips to consider, particularly when it comes to your home holiday electrical, is to ensure that plugs and other cords or cables aren’t covered by anything, which could ignite if there are sparks. Read the instructions on electronics and lights so that you are using them properly and avoiding any unsafe practices. Finally, if you’re doing a lot of cooking for family and friend functions, then use proper kitchen technique and watch your dishes at all times. Whether on the stove or the oven, keep an eye on things so no kitchen fires send your plans up in flames.
To learn more about safety during the holiday season, get in touch with Tim Kyle Electric. You can talk to an expert about new installations of lighting and wiring, among other things, for your home or business.
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