The development of Halloween decorating has come a long way from just a carved pumpkin. A simply carved jack o’ lantern used to be plenty, but Halloween has quickly grown and become the second most decorated holiday of the year.
With Halloween fast approaching, we felt it is important to share Halloween safety tips to help keep your home spooky, not hazardous and scary.
Certification of Lights
It is important to ensure all your lights should have a symbol of approval from a Canadian certification agency such as; CSA.
Understanding the symbols:
The certification should be present on the box the lights come in and also stamped on the lights itself. Often times the extremely inexpensive lights or lights found at discount store (dollar stores) are missing this certification, meaning that they are not permitted for use in Canada.
Proper care of cords and wires
Do not leave the lights up all year long, keeping them exposed to harsh elements will cause them to deteriorate faster, exposing unsafe conditions.
Replace anything with frayed or broken cords or any lights burnt out lights.
Never run cords under rugs; where people walk over, through doorways or through windows where they run the risk of being pinched. Pinched wires can lead to a fire.
When hanging lights avoid; stapling or nailing cords as this can also puncture the cord. Instead plastic clips that are designed specifically for this use.
Using your Mind with Extension Cords
Indoor vs. Outdoor extension cords are rated differently, be sure you are using the proper cord in the proper location it is rated for.
Make sure the cord can handle the amperage indicated on your electrical devices and avoid multi-outlet adapter connections as this often will cause the outlet to be overloaded.
Don’t Overload your Circuits
Always follow manufacturer’s directions for installing and using any electrical decorations and always turn them off at night before you go to bed.
Consider choosing LED efficient lights; they produce less heat and use less energy. Less heat will also lower the risk of an electrical fire.
For any additional information or if you have any questions contact us; Proline Electric