Happy Holidays! Â Yes, itâ€™s that time of year again. Â Some of us humbly put up the Charlie Brown tree while others are inspired to really go for it, like the beloved Chevy Chase character â€œClark Griswoldâ€. Â No matter where you fall into the realm of holiday decor, safety should be your top priority. Â Each year there are hundreds of house fires caused by Christmas Trees and Holiday decorations. Â Sadly, most are avoidable. Â So weâ€™ve composed a list of safety tips to consider as you prepare to â€œdeck the hallsâ€.
So for all of our Griswold inspired decorators who revel in the thought of lighting up the whole neighborhood with an awe-inspiring light production... we have 3 wordsâ€¦ "read the label".
Unlike the days of old when we had two light choices: white or colored bulbs/ big or little bulbs, today thereâ€™s a mind-boggling plethora of choices. Â Do you prefer incandescent or LED, warm glow or cool glow, mini/wide angled or large bulbs, battery operated or electric, icicle or rope...and the list goes on. Â Your choices will reflect your personality and style but for safety purposes, we should all use UL rated lights in the intended application. Â â€œIndoor/Outdoorâ€ lights are fine on the exterior but â€œIndoor Use Onlyâ€ are not. Â And Mr. Griswold, please use outdoor-rated extension cords and timers as well.
Yes, we know youâ€™ve done this a million times. Â Youâ€™re independent minded, smart and capable of hanging some simple lights. Â Just consider these safety tips:
We know it was hard work getting them up...but youâ€™ll want to remove them in a reasonable amount of time. Â Remember the longer they are exposed to weather and possible pets or other climbing creatures, the more chance your lights will be damaged.
Perhaps youâ€™ve experienced the joy of untangling a jumbled up mess of poorly stored lights from the previous year? Â Sure, itâ€™s a real pain in the tuchus, but your lights may have been damaged in the rush to pack. Â
Proper storage of lights may save you time and money next year. Â Why not save those cardboard tubes from the gift wrapping paper. Â Just loosely wrap your lights around it and then cover them with the used wrapping paper to protect the bulbs. Â Voila! Â Problem solved...less trash for our garbage collectors and no tangled/damaged mess to deal with next year!
Remember that the Holiday Season is a time we tend to focus even more on those who mean the most to us. Â Whatâ€™s more important than protecting them? Â From our family to yours...Happy Holidays and stay safe!
Right Electrical Services LLC