The holiday season is underway, which means electric costs are on the rise. While there’s no getting around needing more electricity during cold months, there are precautions you can take to ensure a safe household this winter.
There are major differences between outdoor and indoor holiday lights. Outdoor lights are more durable to withstand different types of inclement weather. Indoor lights won’t last long in the rain, snow, or sleet. If moisture accumulates on indoor lights, it could cause an electrical shortage or fire.
#ElectricalSafetyTip: Don’t connect more than three strings of lights for safety purposes.
Space Heaters and Blankets
Space heaters and heated blankets can keep you warm and cozy, but they could also be a hazard if not properly taken care of. The location of the space heater is critical. Make sure to place it at least three feet away from carpets and clothing. Plug the space heater into wall outlets only. Power strips can’t handle the extra current flow needed to power a space heater, which can result in overheating and sparking a fire. When using heated blankets, be sure to replace any that have frayed or worn out electrical cords.
#ElectricalSafetyTip: Don’t lie anything on the electric blankets when in use because they could overheat.
Holidays lights, Christmas trees, and electronics are just a few of the products that can occupy your outlets during the holidays. You may want to consider installing new outlets, as they are safer than power strips. If you do use power strips, however, be sure not to overload them! They are not equipped to handle high currents.
#ElectricalSafetyTip: Do not hide electrical cords or power strips behind furniture or under rugs because they could spark a fire.
If your winter needs outnumber your current electrical capacity, give us a call at 410-276-3420. Perhaps you need to upgrade your outlets or would like to install electric baseboard heaters to forego space heaters all together this season. We’re happy to help troubleshoot and find what’s best for you and your family!