Many Texans are already trimming the tree and decking the halls, not to mention creating festive holiday displays outside, bringing holiday cheer to them and their neighbors. You can drive through Conroe to see houses all aglow with holiday lights, twinkling luminaries, joyful signs, and light-up reindeer and other yard displays.
Do you favor a minimalist look with touches of greenery and classic decorations? Or are you inspired by Clark Griswold’s decorating style in the 1989 film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? Whichever decorating style you prefer, it is essential to ensure your residential wiring is up to code and follow these essential safety tips.
Inspect Light Strings
For safety, you should always inspect light strings, whether new or old. Replace sets with broken sockets, frayed wires, or loose connections as they pose a risk of electrical fire. Use a light tester to check for burnt-out fuses and light bulbs and make replacements before stringing the lights.
Use Light Clips and a Hanging Tool
When you get ready to illuminate your house, don’t follow Clark Griswold’s example of using staples or nails; always use light clips. There are various clips on the market today that can be placed on your home’s gutters or attached under the roof’s shingles. Also, rather than get up on a ladder, use an expandable pole to attach the clips and lights.
Plug into an Electrical GFCI Outlet
Always plug holiday displays into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). GFCIs monitor for ground faults and, should one be detected, immediately interrupt the power to prevent electrical fires. An electrician must install these as they possess the skills and equipment necessary to complete residential wiring projects.
Prevent Extension Cords from Becoming a Hazard
Because your holiday lights and decorations will be exposed to the elements, make sure they and extension cords are rated for outdoor use, referring to the letter “W.” Some features to look for include a GFCI, lighted plug, and locking socket. Tape extension cords down to prevent people from tripping over them. Also, take care not to overload the circuit.
Schedule a Residential Wiring Inspection Today
It is essential to have a licensed electrician service residential wiring and electrical components. A&H Electric can expertly handle all your electrical projects, regardless of complexity, ensuring your system is up to code and optimally operating.
A&H Electric is a certified and licensed residential and commercial electrician specializing in installation, service, and repair. Our company is proud to help with your electrical system in Conroe, Texas, and neighboring communities.
Please schedule a service appointment today at (936) 756-0442.