Sensible Holiday Electrical Safety Tips For Your Home

November 28th, 2018

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Some people just love Christmas. Time off work to spend with family and friends. If you’re a lover of Christmas then you should be pretty happy at the moment because Christmas is just around the corner. And Sydney loves its Christmas decorations. Residential streets transform at this time of year. It’s also true that residential electrical services in Sydney are rarely busier.

So it might seem a bit Scrooge like to discuss what can go wrong at Christmas when everybody is so full of joy. But the truth is, there’s no better time and there isn’t anything more important than your safety and that of your family. Things go wrong at this time of the year and we’d like to prevent it from happening to you.

So here we go with some electrical safety tips for the holiday season and some common Christmas lights dangers, and precautions that you can easily take.

In November you find that spot where you store your Christmas decorations and you dust them off. Do you check them for loose wires and connections or broken, cracked or damaged sockets ? If not you should. Just because they were in good shape last year doesn’t mean they will be this year. Faulty decorations can cause a fire so it’s important to pay close attention to their condition before you use them.

It’s important not to overload your power outlets. It’s a common problem when it comes to Christmas decorations. One single high wattage into every outlet and that’s it, no more. This is another common cause of fires at this time of the year.  

Three strands of incandescent lighting is the maximum. Any more might trip your circuit breakers and it also may cause a fire. And on the subject of lighting, spotlights generate a lot of heat. If they are in close contact with decorations the build-up of heat is enough to become flammable. You should buy LED lights because they’re cooler, they conserve energy and they might prevent you from starting a fire. Regardless of which globes you choose, turn off the lights before you retire for the night.

Watch out for water and electrical appliances, especially outside and if you are running power outside make sure that what you use is manufactured to be useable outside. While we’re on the subject of running power to the outside, it’s important to plug outdoor decorations, lights and appliances into circuits protected by circuit interrupters.

It’s the holiday season and you’ll probably have a bit of time off so you want to make the most of it.  Lover of Christmas or not, you may even have a holiday planned and if that’s the case you want to have a stress free holiday and you don’t want to come back and commence the new year with a disaster to deal with. The last thing you want or need is to have to call in emergency electricians to resolve a problem.

It doesn’t just apply to Christmas holidays, it applies to any holiday, have a David Jones Electricians conduct a thorough assessment of your home’s wiring, outlets, switchboard  and appliances. It could be one of the best holiday decisions you’ve ever made.

Remember, with David Jones Electricians, you’re in safe hands!

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