The winter season is right around the corner which means decorating for the winter holidays. According to a study conducted by the Electrical Safety Foundation International, about 86% of Americans decorate their homes, both inside and out, for the winter holidays. Of the consumers that were interviewed for this study, only 60% of them used at least one extension cord. More people that were surveyed for the study decorated the outside of their home than the inside. Of course, holiday lights add to the festiveness of the holidays so there is no reason to cut out your decorations. It is strongly encouraged, however, that you know the importance of using dedicated circuits or timers for your Christmas lights to keep you, your family, and your home safe.
For your Christmas tree this holiday season, consider investing in a Christmas light timer. There are plenty of different Christmas light timers on the market today, from the very basic to very high-tech digital timers. You can choose a basic one that turns off and on every thirty minutes, or you can go for the more high tech Christmas light timer that you can program which times you would like the lights off (for example – you can set the timer to have the lights on during the day for your inside lights, and for a few hours during the night for the outside decorations) and what times you would like your lights on and off. Having Christmas light timers will help reduce the risk of electrical fires that can result in house fires, injury to you or yourself, or even death. Keep your family safe this holiday season with the smart decision to use a Christmas light timer.
Also, when you are setting up your Christmas decorations, be sure to use dedicated circuits for your Christmas decorations. When you use dedicated circuits, you are cutting out the risk of having an electrical fire due to overloading a single electrical circuit and you can also easily switch on or off your Christmas decorations without having to go through the hassle of unplugging them all. Also, when setting up or buying new decorations or extension cords make sure that the extension cord or other electrical cords that are being used are used for the correct environment. Checking the UL listing on the cords packaging will help you determine which environment the cords are safe to use in. A shiny green UL sticker on the package indicates that the electrical cords are safe for only indoor use, where as a red UL sticker means that it is safe for both indoor and outdoor use.
Keeping your family safe this holiday season should be your top priority. By having the proper electrical work, and keeping your Christmas lights on dedicated circuits or using Christmas light timers you are helping prevent possible electrical fires and protecting your home, your family and yourself at the same time.