There’s truly nothing quite like the enchanting twinkle of Christmas lights. Imagine strolling through the snow on a crisp wintry evening, greeted by the warm glow of Christmas trees adorning homes, casting a magical ambiance that fills the air with festive joy.
With the Christmas season in full effect, families are busy decorating their homes to make them festive and bright. All those lights mean more electricity, and an increase in hazards if you’re not careful… so here are a few ‘Handy’ tips to help keep your holiday season colorful and safe.
Tip #1: Illuminate Responsibly
Make sure you keep your indoor lights and extension cords indoors! When decorating your outdoor spaces, opt for proper outdoor cords and lights designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. Indoor lights are not equipped for outdoor challenges, so invest in high-quality, weather-resistant supplies.
Tip #2: Inspect and Test
Before decking the halls, carefully inspect your electrical decorations for any signs of wear and tear. Frayed wires, damaged casings, loose connections, or broken bulbs should signal the retirement of the decoration. Always test and inspect your lights and cords before putting them up.
Tip #3: Mindful Hanging
While creating your dazzling light display, ensure lights are not in contact with flammable materials like paper decorations or curtains. Use hooks instead of sharp items like staples or nails to prevent any potential hazards caused by punctured wires.
Tip #4: Avoid Overloading Circuits
Be careful not to overload your plugs and circuits by stringing too many lights together or by using multiple adapters or power bars on the same circuit. Be aware of how much your circuits can handle and how much power you are putting through them. When in doubt, consult a Handyside professional.
Tip #5: Tree Care
If you opt for a real tree (rather than using an artificial one), ensure it receives ample water, especially in the early days after being cut. Keep the tree away from heat sources to prevent potential fire hazards.
Tip #6: Moderate Lighting on Trees
Don’t overload your tree with lights. As pretty as it is, more lights will lead to more heat which can be dangerous. Also, don’t let your kids or your cats (or other curious creatures) play with your lights or your tree.
Tip #7: Embrace LED Lights
Consider switching to energy-efficient LED lights to reduce costs, power consumption, and the risk of overheating. LED lights are a safer and eco-friendly alternative.
Tip #8: Timely Takedown
When the season draws to a close, make sure you take down your outdoor Christmas lights and extension cords. They aren’t designed to be outside all year long. This will help to prolong the life of your lights and will protect your property from potential damages.
All those beautiful and festive Christmas lights add a sense of seasonal merriment to our homes… but they can also pose an increased danger if you’re not careful. Implement our eight ‘Handy’ tips to navigate the season with electrical savvy, ensuring a joyful and secure celebration for you and your family.