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5 Ways to Avoid Electrical Hazards this Holiday Season

Like the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of year. It’s also one of the most dangerous. That’s because electrical hazards pose a very real threat this time of year. Here’s how to avoid them.

1. Incandescent Lights

Many people love decorating their houses with Christmas lights, but incandescent lights are noticeably hotter, which increases the risk of a fire. Furthermore, never make the mistake of hanging damaged lights inside your home.

LED lights are more expensive, but they’re safer.

2. A Dry Christmas Tree

A neglected Christmas tree is a fire waiting to happen. Here’s how to prevent your Christmas tree from turning into a yule log:

  • Avoid setting up your tree near power outlets

  • Keep it at least three feet from any heat source

  • Water your tree daily

  • Do not use old string lights with exposed wiring and cracked lamps

  • Turn off lights at night

3. Exposed Electrical Outlets

It’s not uncommon for curious children to stick things into power outlets. To be on the safe side, install child-proof plugs on every outlet. The extra peace of mind is well worth it.

4. Old Electrical Wiring

Old electrical wires are far more prone to short-circuiting. The insulation over the wiring gradually starts to deteriorate over time. Because you’ll likely be using more energy during the holidays, your electrical system must be able to handle the extra demand. If the circuit breaker keeps tripping, this indicates a dangerous problem.

5. Faulty Check Smoke Detectors

Many people forget to test their smoke alarms every month. They also fail to change the batteries once a year. By alerting you to a potential fire, these safety devices can prevent a nightmare situation.

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