The holidays are right around the corner, which mean it’s almost time for holiday parties, baking cookies, hot chocolate, and snow ball fights. Although the holidays are often filled with laughter and cheer, they can also be some of the most dangerous for homeowners in Maryland and Virginia. John Goudie Electric wants to ensure you and your family stay safe throughout the entire holiday season, which is why we’re sharing some important holiday decorating tips that save lives!
Spread Out Holiday Decorations
We get it—it’s tempting to keeping adding string lights together end-to-end. But this causes extreme stress of the outlet that they are plugged into! While stringing holiday decorations together is convenient, it can cause unnecessary and avoidable damage to your home’s electrical wiring. Instead, spread your electric decorations throughout your home, spreading the electric load across multiple circuits instead of one.
Avoid Using Faulty Lights
No one wants to make the trek to the store during the rush of the holiday season—it’s chaos! But if you unpack your holiday decorations and notice that your holiday lights have been used one too many times, you should consider replacing them rather than attempting to squeeze out the last bit of life! If the light wires are frayed or have torn insulation, you are exposing your family and home to short circuits and fires. According to the Red Cross, nearly 47,000 fires occur throughout the winter holidays—don’t let avoidable fires happen in your home!
Hydrate Your Christmas Tree
Have you ever touched your holiday lights after they’ve been running for a bit? Usually the bulbs are slightly hot to the touch. The heat generated from your holiday lights pose a risk of fire when hung on a dehydrated Christmas tree. Regularly check the water level at the tree’s base to ensure it is staying properly hydrated!
Electrical Services throughout Northern Virginia & Southern Maryland
No matter your electrical needs this holiday season, the professionals at John Goudie Electric can help. With over 25 years of experience, we can tackle any issue you throw at us promptly and efficiently! Our certified experts are ready and waiting to assist you with all of your electrical needs. Contact John Goudie Electric today at (301) 945-7688 for electrical service and repair throughout Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland!