This Halloween, Prevent an Electrical Scare

Homeowners Should Avoid Electrical Problems When Decorating

Electrical problems can pose major threats to a household during Halloween. Malfunctioning wiring or broken lights and decor can put families at risk. However, homeowners can help prevent and catch electrical problems by following tips from electricians as they decorate their homes for Halloween. 

Tips to Prevent Issues With Electric Decorations

Halloween is a fun and festive time, and holiday decorations can add to it. From inflatable pumpkins and ghosts to fun holiday lights, decor can make homes welcoming. It can also create safety risks and potential electrical hazards. To avoid risks when decorating for Halloween and the following holidays, homeowners should take the following precautions:

  • Check lights and decorations for damaged wires, loose bulbs, or other issues, and don’t use them if found. 
  • Avoid damaging wires with staples or nails, and find a safer way to hang lights and decor.
  • Only use lights and electric decorations outside that are made for outdoor use. 
  • Turn off lights and decor at night before going to bed or leaving the home. 
  • Prevent putting holiday decor near open flames, fireplaces, or space heaters. 

Homeowners can also hire electrical professionals for holiday light installations to ensure everything gets done as safely as possible and looks great. 

Avoid Overloaded Electrical Outlets 

overloading outletsWhile decorating the home and yard for Halloween can be fun, it can also cause overloaded outlets and circuits. This can lead to electrical risks as too much power is drawn from a single outlet or circuit. Instead, homeowners should spread out the power draw when decorating by using different outlets and circuits to power lights and electric holiday decorations.

An electrical circuit overload can cause dangerous situations, like electrical fires or shocks, so homeowners should also watch for signs of an overloaded circuit, including:

  • Tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
  • Dim or flickering lights
  • Burning smell
  • Sounds such as buzzing, cracking, or sizzling

Watch for Symptoms Electrical Repairs Are Needed

electrical repairHomeowners should call an electrician for electrical repairs at the first signs of an issue to keep their home and family safe. Some signs of electrical problems that homeowners should watch for include:

  • Damaged or fraying wires
  • Outlets give off sparks or are hot to the touch
  • Outlets are scorched and have burn marks
  • Burning smell or smoke
  • Unusual sounds 
  • Lights flicker or dim
  • Tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses 

About Patriot Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.

Patriot Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is a plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical company serving Wenatchee and the surrounding areas. They offer straightforward pricing, same-day service, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for electrical and holiday lighting services in Wenatchee, WA

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