Halloween is almost here and that means it’s time to fill your candy bowls with eerie, sweet treats and decorate your yard and house with ghosts and goblins! With all of the youngsters romping in and out of your neighbourhood and home this year, there are some important electrical safety tips to keep in mind. Our team at Prairie Electric is dedicated to keeping you and your family safe during this spooky season.
Safety tip #1: Keep Electric Cords Away from High Traffic Areas
Electrical cords in walkways can trip you and your family and even cause electrocution if they become torn or damaged. Prevent these issues by wrapping lengths of wire and storing them behind furniture. Wire clips can help run cords up your wall, keeping them off the floor and out of harm’s way.
Safety tip #2: Use Only UL-Approved Lights
Before hanging up lighting decorations, be sure to use only strings of lights that have been tested and approved by Underwriters Laboratory (UL). The label is easily found on the outside of the box and on the electrical strings, and ensures both safety and quality.
Safety tip #3: Don’t Use Out-of-Date Extension Cords
Decorating your home and yard will likely require multiple extension cords. If you aren’t sure that your extension cord is in good condition, don’t use it. Use cords that are UL-approved and be sure that the cord is built to carry the necessary electrical load.
Safety tip #4: Always Check Light Strands
Before you plug in lights for decoration, check the strings for frayed cords or faulty plugs. If there is damage, replace them right away.
Safety tip #5: Don’t Leave Lights Plugged in for Extended Time Periods
Before leaving your home, shut the lights off. Also, turn off lights before you go to bed. This will help reduce the risk of fire from overworked bulbs and wiring, and will also save you money on your energy/utility bill.
Safety tip #6: Use Caution
Don’t staple or nail light strings or electrical cords, as this can cause the string to malfunction, spark, and even catch on fire. In addition, don’t attach cords or lights to metal objects. Use the items as directed in order to avoid danger.
Safety tip #7: Have a Plan
Do you have a fire escape plan in place at home? If so, be sure that you and your family review your plan for exiting the home via the escape on a regular basis. That way, you will be prepared and alert in case of an unforeseen event.
The best celebrations are safe ones! Keep your Halloween fun and danger-free with electrical best practices.
Have further questions or concerns? We’re happy to help! Contact our service team today!