Friday, September 5, 2008

Installing Holiday Lights on Your House Los Angeles, CA

Installing Holiday Lights on Your House Los Angeles, CA

It's that time of year - time to install lights inside and outside your home. Nothing puts you and your neighbors in the holiday spirit like a vibrant and colorful display. But, this time of year also means an huge increase in home fires -- many being caused by a host of electrical fires stemming for holiday decorations.
I wanted to pass along some tips to make sure you, your family, and your house remains safe.
Electrical Tips
Make sure all your outlets have no cracks and you shouldn't have to force a plug into any socket. If the socket is loose, this can cause problems from shocks or fire. Your outlets can handle about 15 to 20 amps - don't plug in every light string or decoration into one outlet. Mix it up and move cords to other outlets. 25 Christmas light bulbs are 1.135 amps. 50 lights are 2.270. An 18 amp outlet can handle about 380 normal (C7) lights. Add more than that and you could have a fire hazard. 300 mini lights is usually 1 amp. Check all your cords for frays, splits, or damage. Don't use them if they're damaged. Don't tape them up and hope for the best. And don't run extension cords under carpeting or rugs. Try not to use extension cords that are still rolled up - either use a shorter cord or extend it out completely. For outdoor lights, use an extension cord rated for the outdoors. Never remove a 3rd pin in a cord to make it fit into a 2 pin socket. That's a recipe for disaster.Keep lights away from electrical & gas heaters, fireplaces, candles, or other heat sources.
Hanging Your Lights
Don't hang holiday lights on sharp hooks - don't pound nails or hooks in through the light cords. Avoid stapling around or on the cords. Do not run cords through doors and windows and close them on the light cords - crimping the cords is a fire hazard. Make sure the lights are unplugged BEFORE you try to replace any burned out bulbsMany accidents occur when people are climbing on ladders up their roofs - make sure someone holds your ladder when you're on it, don't climb to to the top two steps (get a taller ladder), don't put your ladder in mud or loose dirt, and don't lean your ladder against doors or windowsReplace burnt out bulbs promptly - make sure the replacements are the same wattage
Make sure the lights you use outdoors are also rated as outdoor lights - you've got crazy weather across the country in the month of December and you don't want indoor lights out in the elements.All outdoor lights need to be plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). There are portable ones that you can buy at a hardware store, or you can have them permanently installed by an electrician.Make sure your holiday lights are off while you sleep or away from the house. You can use a timer so that they turn off the same time each day and night.
Good luck with your lighting displays. If you don't feel comfortable installing your lights - feel free to contact us call 818-386-1022 for safety christmas light installation.

1 comment:

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