The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time to decorate your Jackson, Mississippi, home. But if you aren’t careful, those festive lights and decorations can endanger your family. To ensure you stay safe through the holidays, avoid four of the most common holiday electrical hazards by following a few simple safety tips:
Overloaded Electrical Circuits
Overloading your circuits with plugs and extension cords can result in overheating and an eventual fire. If you notice your fuses blowing and your circuits tripping frequently, it’s likely that they’re overloaded.
Safety Tip: Avoid overloading electrical circuits, and use a surge protector to prevent voltage spikes.
Damaged Extension Cords
Using damaged extension cords to connect your holiday lighting is a severe fire risk. Replace damaged extension cords immediately, and remember not to run them through doorways or under carpets. Outside, never run extension cords across driveways or walkways. Remember to also keep all connections out of puddles and above-ground.
Safety Tip: Inspect your extension cords thoroughly for frays and other damage before using them.
Overused Holiday Lighting
Most holiday decorations aren’t designed for use throughout the entire year. Take your lights and decorations down once the holidays are over to avoid safety risks. Remember to also never connect more than three light strands together.
Safety Tip: Never let bulbs touch cloth, paper, wiring or any other material not part of the light strand.
Unnoticed Heating System Issues
Your heating system is a complex piece of equipment that has more than 100 components, including many types of electrical wiring. To ensure your heater is ready to operate efficiently and safely this winter, you need to inspect it.
Safety Tip: Invest in heating maintenance before the holidays to lower energy bills and protect your safety.
If you’re in need of an HVAC service technician or an electrician, contact Dent Air Conditioning at 601-912-0535. Whether it’s for heating maintenance or an emergency electrical repair, our team will make sure your safety always comes first.
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