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Important Electrical Safety Tips for Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are beautiful and can make your home look more festive during the holiday season. However, these decorations need to be handled with care. In today’s post, Efficient Systems, Inc., the number one 24-hour plumber and electrical services provider in our local area, discusses some important holiday electrical safety tips.Important Electrical Safety Tips for Christmas LightsLook for the UL Label Before Buying Lights You should always examine the labels of your Christmas lights before buying them. Your lights should be tested and verified by Underwriters Laboratories because they ensure that products meet strict safety requirements. A set of indoor/outdoor lights will have a red sticker on the cord, while a set of indoor lights will have a green holographic sticker. Pay Attention to Extension Cord Wattage Ratings As the top electrical service provider and emergency plumber in our local area, we recommend distributing your Christmas light strands among multiple extension cords. Check the wattage rating of your extension cord; the combined wattage rating of the lights plugged into the extension cord must not exceed this wattage rating. Check Your Lights Before Using Them Before you plug in your lights for the holidays, you need to make sure that they’re working properly. Check if all the lights turn on. If they don’t, unplug the light strand and replace any bulbs that aren’t working. You should also look for cracked cords and frayed wires. These are safety issues, so if you find any, you should just throw the damaged light strand out. Efficient Systems, Inc. is the leading choice for electrical, HVAC and plumbing services in our local area because of our decades of experience and excellent workmanship. Our technicians are all experienced and certified, so they know how to handle all sorts of problems. We serve many areas in Indiana, including Indianapolis. Call us at (317) 293-6510 to learn more about our products and services or to schedule an appointment.