outside holiday lights Genesis Electrical Service Genesis Electrical ServiceThe holiday season is in full swing and Christmas is right around the corner! As you “deck the halls” and make other preparations, please pause to review our electrical safety tips and take care to avoid potential hazards. As always, if you’re concerned about any of the electrical appliances in your home and don’t think they’re operating properly, unplug them and contact your local electrician. If you’re further afield, companies like Electrical Synergies, LLC may be more local to you. It’s always better to get a second opinion than risk a product malfunctioning.

Holiday Safety Tip #1: Inspect all electrical decorations for damage before use. Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires and loose connections may cause a serious shock or can start a fire. This is why it might be a good idea to have your property regularly inspected by electrical experts who can provide you with an EICR Certificate which proves your property is safe.

Holiday Safety Tip #2: Do not overload electrical outlets.

Holiday Safety Tip #3: Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights. More than three strands may not only trip a circuit breaker but also can cause a fire.

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Holiday Safety Tip #4: Make sure all extension cords and electrical decorations used for outdoor decorating are marked for outdoor use.

Holiday Safety Tip #5: Use battery-operated candles in place of traditional candles whenever possible. Almost half of home decoration fires are caused by traditional candles, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Holiday Safety Tip #6: Keep combustibles, including Christmas trees, at least three feet from heat sources.

Holiday Safety Tip #7: Protect electrical cords from damage. To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, forced into small spaces such as doors or windows, placed under rugs, located near heat sources or attached by nails or staples.

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Holiday Safety Tip #8: Turn off, unplug and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.