Christmas is a fantastic time of year, and it makes sense that so many people want their landscaping to match the occasion. Christmas lighting is beautiful and it can give many people a warm feeling. Whether you’re trying to impress the neighbors or you simply want to see something beautiful when you look out your window, a Christmas light display can be very rewarding.
That said, you want to make sure you’re being safe when putting up any displays. Below, we’ll cover a few of the most important Christmas lighting safety tips you should keep in mind. These include being vigilant for overheated extension cords, why you shouldn’t run lights from the inside of your house to the outside, and the importance of knowing when to call in the professionals.
Avoid Overheating Your Extension Cords
Extension cords are a great way of making your outlet more effective, but only up to a point. Overusing an extension cord can lead to overheating, which in turn can lead to an electrical fire.
To avoid this, you want to make sure you’re not plugging too many Christmas lights into the cord. The general rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t use an extension cord for more than three strands of Christmas lights at any point in time. That said, strands and cords vary, so you’ll want to check and see that the combined wattage of all the strands you’re using does not exceed the maximum wattage allowed by the outlet.
Don’t Run Lights From Inside Your House To Outside Your House
Outdoor outlets are essential for most Christmas light displays. If you don’t have any outdoor outlets, you may think you can simply use one of your indoor displays and run it through a door or window. However, it’s imperative that you don’t do this.
If the door or window is accidentally closed with wires running through, the wires may break. This is dangerous and could lead to an electrical fire.
There are a myriad of different advantages that come from choosing to hire lighting professionals. Alongside the convenience and the amount of time you saved, you should also consider working with professionals for safety reasons.
The more elaborate the display you want, the more potential there may be for danger. That’s why you want to speak with a professional to determine whether or not you can create the display yourself.
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Have any questions about the services that we offer? Looking to get a free estimate on your lighting project? If so, you can reach us by calling (281) 961-0781 or filling out our contact form. We’re always happy to speak with residents from Houston, Texas and the surrounding area about their lighting needs.