With the holiday season upon us in Baltimore, heaters are pumping away, and lights are wrapped around the house. Right now, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of electrical safety precautions and what you can do to minimize the risks of encountering a serious electrical problem. Farnen & Dermer, your Baltimore electricians, are here with some electrical safety tips for the holidays.
Inspect Electrical Decorations Before Plugging In
Make sure to take a good hard look at your possibly aging Christmas and holiday decorations this year before you use them. Damaged plugs and sockets, bare wires, and loose connections could give you or a loved one a nasty shock, or even start a fire. Before you decorate you Baltimore home, take a count of available outlets and adjust your plans accordingly. Make sure you follow manufacturer instructions on any decorations and that you have correctly rated electrical cords for them to ensure maximum electrical safety.
Use Caution When Hanging Light Strings
You should never connect greater than three strings of incandescent lights together. This can cause a circuit breaker to trip and, potentially, an electrical fire. Think about buying some LED bulbs. They use less energy and operate at lower temperatures than incandescent lights. Take care to always unplug any electrical decorations before attempting to replace a bulb or fuse. Another important bit of electrical safety wisdom: Make sure you turn off any electrical decorations prior to going to sleep or leaving your Baltimore home.
Water Live Trees Daily
If you’re using a living Christmas tree this winter, make sure it stays hydrated. Dry trees are a major fire hazard. Electrical safety standards dictate that you should only hang lights and decorations that have been approved by a lab with national recognition. When you place your tree in its stand, cut two inches off the base and make sure to fill the stand each day. If you purchase an artificial Christmas tree, make sure it’s labeled as “fire resistant” and avoid using electrical ornaments/ lights if the tree has metallic coverings on its leaves or branches.
Need Help With Electrical Safety in Baltimore?
Call Farnen & Dermer. At Farnen & Dermer we’re more than happy to talk to you and help with any electrical safety issues and maintenance in your Baltimore home, as well as provide any additional plumbing, heating, or HVAC information and service. Farnen & Dermer is located in Central Maryland, and we provide service, repair, and maintenance to customers throughout the state. If you have any questions about electrical safety during the holidays or wish to schedule an appointment, call us at (410)-902-0020. You can also use our online contact form. You will be contacted by a member of our support staff within 24 business hours.