The holidays are upon us once again and once again it is time for decorations and lighting. This is the time of year for fires as well as joy. Make the holidays safer for your loved ones by checking the old lights and making sure extension cords are safe among other things.
Here is a holiday checklist for the decorator at your home:
List 1: Extension cords should be rated for indoor use or outdoor use. Never use the one that is rated for indoors outside. The exterior one though can be used inside. Cords that are rated for exterior use are weather resistant and safe to use outside.
List 2: Check extension cords for bare spots or loose ends. These should either be repaired or replaced. The one question to ask yourself is how much is home safety worth? This will help one in determining if a new cord should be purchased.
List 3: Check all lights that are to be plugged in individual by plugging them in first and then inspecting the wiring. This should be done the same way as the extension cord one making sure there are no bare spots or loose connections.
List 4: When replacing lights in outdoor lawn ornaments make sure that the bulb is rated the same as the one that is removed. A hotter more wattage bulb could result in a fire. Indoor ornaments should be treated the same way. Never put a bulb in any lamp or display with out first seeing what the item is rated for be it 10 watts or 100 watts.
List 5: If a real tree is used be sure to keep it moist by keeping water inn the bowl. Dry trees can go up very quickly from a spark from a bad wire. Except for watering the tree be sure there is no water around any other electrical decoration in the home. Someone could get shocked or worse.
List 6: Be sure everyone in the house knows where the fire extinguisher is located. If there is no fire extinguisher at home purchase one even a small throw away extinguisher can prove to be priceless. Take the time to show everyone how and when to use one as well.
The holidays are a time for parties, relatives and friends visiting and beauty. This should not be the time for having preventable accidents. Take the extra time and make sure the family is safe. Have a safe and happy holiday season.