Electrical Safety Tips
Check the wiring of all decorations for defects and cuts. Follow all manufacturers’ installation instructions provided with the decorations. We recommend using insulated staples to help preventing damaging wire insulation. Always remember to remove all exterior decorations after the holidays. Most are not made to be exposed to the weather for long periods of time.
During the holiday seasons, extension cords are often needed. Extension cords are designed for temporary use only. Be sure to inspect all cords for nicks and cuts. If an extension cord has any cuts or nicks DO NOT USE IT! Extension cords are cheaper than a new house. Be careful not to over load extension cords.
Exterior Receptacle Covers:
If you install exterior decorations and utilize exterior receptacles to plug them in, you should use "In Use" covers. This provides a safe connection when decorations are plugged in during rain/snow.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters:
All outdoor receptacles are required to be protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter. GFCI’s are also required for kitchen counter top receptacles and bathroom receptacles. The GFCI's have a TEST and RESET button on them. You should use the test button regularly to test your OFCI. It is recommended that GFC’s be tested once a month.
Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and either vacuum or blow them clean to remove trapped dust once a year. We recommend doing this when you are hanging your holiday decorations.
All light fixtures have a label that indicates the maximum wattage bulb allowed for the fixture. This also includes table lamps, but especially light fixtures with covers because they hold the heat in. If the light fixture is missing its label, we recommend a 60-watt maximum bulb for safety.
TURN OFF ALL DECORATIONS WHEN NOT AT HOME.
REMOVE ALL DECORATIONS AFTER THE HOLIDAY.