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Preventing Fire and Electrical Hazards This Holiday Season

House illuminated by christmas lights

This holiday season, put safety first!

‘Tis the season to deck the halls and sing yuletide carols. The holidays have finally arrived and households everywhere are starting to glow with twinkly lights, candles, and sparkly décor. As you take the time to untangle that bird’s nest of string lights, consider the necessary measures to take to ensure the safety of your home and family. If you have any electrical issues or need help troubleshooting an issue, please don’t hesitate to call TriStar Electric.

Indoor Lights and Electrical Decorations Safety

Decorative lights and other electrical decorations add to the splendor of the season. However, if not used safely, they can increase the risk of fire and electrical issues.  When it comes to holiday lights, only use lights approved for safe use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Never connect more than three strands of lights together, and consider purchasing LED lights to reduce the amount of energy used in your household. LED lights also run cooler than traditional incandescent lights. Do not mount or support light strings in a way that would damage the cord’s insulation and please remember to unplug your holiday wonderland before replacing bulbs or fuses.

Christmas Tree Safety

When deciding on a tree for the living room, stay away from older, dried-out trees. These trees ignite and burn much faster than those that are freshly cut and well hydrated. As you shop for a tree this season, ensure that the needs are fresh, green, and firmly attached to the branches. Check that the tree trunk’s cut surface is sticky to the touch. Skip all of the hassles by opting for a flame resistant fake tree instead!

Electrical Issues

While preparing for the holidays, some homeowners may be presented with electrical issues in their home that they may not have been aware of before. If you become aware of an electrical problem, please give us a call. We can help you troubleshoot the issue or if the problem is more severe, schedule a time to visit your home. If you see anything out of the ordinary, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. A TriStar professional will be happy to assist you!


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