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Celebrating the Holidays Safely

As the holidays approach, most people look forward to spending time with their friends and family. It is a season for gathering together and enjoying fun activities. Although it is a festive time of year, there are specific hazards that can put a damper on your plans. Here are some tips to make sure that you celebrate safely.

Smart Holiday Lighting Plans

These days, people go crazy with holiday lighting. However, it is essential to consider electrical safety, especially in older homes with smaller load limits.

  • Use the right lights. String lights are rated either for inside or outside use. Lights for interior decorating have thinner insulation. When exposed to the elements outside, the insulation can crack, exposing the wire.

  • Upgrade to LED lights. Consider replacing your incandescent string lights with modern LEDs. LED bulbs produce very little heat, making them a safer option.

  • Avoid stringing too many lights together. No more than three strands should be connected together. The wattage can overwhelm the electrical outlet.

Inspect Your Holiday Lights

You likely hang up the same lights year after year. However, it is essential to make sure that all of your sets are in good shape. It is crucial to look for broken bulbs and exposed wires that could lead to a fire.

Use Space Heaters with Caution

Space heaters provide affordable, targeted comfort. If you decide to use these units, make sure to keep them away from your decorations and furniture to prevent a fire. Do not leave space heaters unattended.

At Thermo Direct, we understand that the holidays are exciting and special times. We want to make sure that you and your family remain safe. The above tips should help. If you have any further questions about maximizing the comfort and safety of your home, call us at (919) 355-9880.