Holiday Lighting Safety Tips by Electrician in Los Angeles

The holidays are upon us and you are probably untangling those strands of lights that seem to become one giant tangled mess every year no matter how carefully you store them. As you untangle lights and check for burned out bulbs, an electrician in Los Angeles has a few more tips for you before you get started decorating. The holidays are notorious for home fires and sadly, all the work we put into making our homes festive can be dangerous if not done right. Your friends at H Electric want you to be safe this season and are here to help if you have any more questions or concerns about holiday decorating.

*If you are traditional and prefer a real tree, make sure it is kept watered. Dry needles and warm lights are a recipe for disaster. Experts recommend real trees not be kept in the home for more than 2 weeks.

*Keep the tree at least 3 feet from any sources of heat. This includes heater vents. The heat will dry out the tree much quicker and make it a fire hazard.

*Only use lights that have the label indicating they have been tested by an independent testing laboratory. Read the box or label and follow the guidelines on where the lights should be placed whether they are designed for indoor or outdoor use.

*Do not connect more than 3 strands of lights. If your Los Angeles electrical needs require more outlets, give your electrician a call. Additional outlets can be added inside and outside if your electric panel will support it. If not, you can certainly ask for an electric panel upgrade.

*Avoid overloading extension cords. Do not use indoor only extension cords outside.

*Make sure each of your smoke alarms are working correctly and have fresh batteries.

If you would like more information or would like additional outlets, give H Electric a call today.