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Electrical Safety Tips for the Holidays

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4 Ways to Stay Electrically Safe This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and electricity. Every year, homes across the country are decked out in holiday lights and plugged-in appliances. While all this holiday cheer is wonderful, it's important to remember electrical safety. From checking your outlets to space heater safety, here are four ways to stay electrically safe this holiday season.

1. Check Your Plugs and Outlets

Before you start stringing up those holiday lights, take a moment to inspect your plugs and outlets. Have a professional electrician replace the outlet immediately if you see any signs of damage, such as cracks or frayed wires. Also, be sure to use only grounded outlets—this will help prevent electrical fires. Finally, don't overload your outlets by plugging in too many decorations or devices. Consider investing in a power strip with circuit breaker protection if you need more outlets.

2. Space Heater Safety

Space heaters are a popular way to stay warm during the colder months. However, they can also be dangerous if they're not used properly. When using a space heater, place it on a level surface that's clear of any flammable materials. Also, don't leave your space heater unattended— turn it off before leaving the room or going to bed. And, never use an extension cord with a space heater, as this could lead to an electrical fire.

3. Install Holiday Lights the Right Way

Hanging up holiday lights is one of the best parts of decorating for the holidays. But before you start throwing them up haphazardly, there are a few things you need to know about electrical safety. First, be sure to use only lights that have been tested for safety by an independent testing laboratory, such as UL or ETL. Secondly, don't overload your electrical circuits by plugging in too many lights—this could lead to a fire. Lastly, when putting up outdoor lights, be sure to use only lights that are rated for outdoor use.

4. Keep All Cords Away from High-Traffic Areas

It's no secret that cords can be dangerous—they're one of the leading causes of electrical fires. Keep all appliance cords coiled and away from high-traffic areas to prevent accidents. Don't put cords under rugs or furniture, as this could damage the cord and cause a fire. And finally, always unplug appliances when you're not using them. Not only will this save you money on your energy bill, but it will also prevent fires.

Electrical Safety with Knee's Electrical Service

The holidays are a time for family fun—not electrical fires. These tips can help keep your home safe and electrically sound this holiday season. From checking your plugs and outlets to being mindful of appliance cord placement, a little precaution can go a long way in preventing disaster. Have a happy and safe holiday season, and give our team Knee's Electrical Service a call at (765) 201-7220 if you have any questions about safely lighting your home!