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Avoid an Electrical Scare This Halloween

Tips to Prevent and Catch Electrical Problems

Electrical issues can lead to significant risks in a household. While they can cause an inconvenience as families may be left without electricity, they can also present threats like fires, shocks, and electrocutions. To avoid electrical problems around the house, homeowners should use these tips from electricians – especially as they start to decorate their homes for Halloween and plan to use holiday lighting and decorations. 

Be Careful With Electric Decorations and Lights

Decorating yards and homes is a festive way to celebrate Halloween and Christmas, but holiday lights, inflatables, and other decor can cause safety risks. Households must take precautions when decorating, including:

  • Inspect all decorations and lights for frayed wires, loose bulbs, and other defects before plugging them in, and don’t use them if issues are found.
  • Keep all indoor decorations away from heat sources like a fireplace, candles, or space heaters.
  • Ensure all outdoor decor – including holiday lighting – is specifically meant for outdoor use.
  • Be careful not to overload electrical outlets during holiday light installations.
  • Turn off all lights and decorations before going to bed at night. 

During holiday lighting installations, households also need to be careful not to damage any wires by using staples or nails to hang them. If the cords are damaged, it can pose electrical risks. If any decorations are damaged or pose safety risks, homeowners should safely dispose of them. 

Why It’s Essential to Avoid Overloaded Electrical Outlets

overloaded outlet Adding holiday decorations and lights can make homes festive and fun, but homeowners must take precautions to avoid overloading electrical outlets and causing overloaded circuits. Plugging too many items into a single outlet or circuit can lead to electrical threats. 

Some common risks of an electrical circuit overload are:

  • Fire hazards: Overloading can cause wires to overheat and lead to potential fires.
  • Damaged wiring: If the electrical current is too high, the insulation around the wires can melt, leading to shocks and fire hazards.
  • Tripped circuit breakers: Overloading an outlet or circuit can cause the circuit breaker to trip, leading to inconveniences as a home’s power is temporarily shut off and the breaker has to be reset.
  • Electrical shocks: An overloaded outlet can put a household at risk of shocks.
  • Flickering lights: The lights on the same electrical circuit as the outlet can flicker or dim when items are plugged in. 

In order to avoid these problems, households should spread out the number of outlets used and relocate devices to different circuits to spread out where the power is being drawn from. 

Common Signs Electrical Repairs Are Needed

electrical repairTo prevent fires and other electrical risks from occurring at their house, homeowners need to recognize signs indicating their electrical system needs repair and schedule services immediately. Having an electrician inspect the electrical system and perform required repairs can correct the damage and protect the household from fires, shocks, and other electrical risks.

Some common symptoms of an electrical problem can include if the circuit breaker is frequently tripping, lights are dimming or flickering, electrical outlets are malfunctioning, burning odors, outlets are hot to the touch, buzzing sounds, or outlets appear discolored or have burn marks. 

About ICT Electric

ICT Electric has more than 30 years of expertise serving Rhinelander and the surrounding areas. They provide straightforward pricing, on-time arrivals, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for electrical or holiday lighting services in Rhinelander, WI.

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