Stay Safe This Winter With Our Top Christmas Light Safety Tips
With the holiday season quickly approaching many families are scrambling to put up their Christmas decorations. Before you rush into the winter decoration frenzy make sure to stay safe with our top Christmas light safety tips in 2020.
1.) Make Sure to Water Your Christmas Tree!
Believe it or not Christmas Trees are a top cause of house fires during the winter months right along side overheated Christmas lights. One tip to mitigate this risk is to water your Christmas Tree daily. A dry tree is much more likely to spontaneously burst into flames then a well hydrated one.
An ever better option if you aren’t to attached to having a real tree is to buy an artificial Christmas Tree made from fire-resistant materials.
Don’t let this happen to you…
2.) Use LED Lights Over Incandescent Lights
LED lights produce far less heat then older incandescent lights. (They also use less electricity saving you money on your electric bill) The combination of incandescent lights with a dry Christmas Tree is a recipe for disaster and should be avoided at all costs.
Even LED lights can overheat, so we strongly recommend that you turn off your Christmas lights before you go to sleep and every-time you leave the house for an extended period of time. If you want to take the hassle out of turning off your Christmas lights you can install a light timer or purchase a wireless control system to shut off lights through your phone. If you want to learn more about wireless control systems check out VPC Electric’s home automation services.
3.) Install Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter Breakers or Outlets
Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters or AFCIs play a massive role in preventing house fires. These AFCI breakers or outlets can detect when there is a short in your circuit and automatically shut off the electricity before your wires overheat and start a house fire.
To learn more about Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters contact VPC Electric and meet with a certified electrician in the Spokane & Coeur d’ Alene area.
For more holiday season safety tips check out this safety video below from ESFI.