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Light Up Your Holidays, Not Your Home: The Nitty-Gritty on Electrical Safety for Holiday Decorating

Say No to Cord Caroling

You might think that linking a dozen extension cords together is the best way to power up your Christmas display, but in reality, it is actually a fire hazard. Each cord has a specific power capacity, and stringing them together is like asking a Chihuahua to pull a sleigh.If your cords can’t reach the outlet, consider getting a longer, single extension cord that can handle the power demand. Also, opt for outdoor-rated cords if they’re going to be exposed to that SoCal winter rain.

Tis the Season for GFCIs

Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters are lifesavers. They shut off power when they sense an imbalance, preventing electric shocks. They are especially useful if your idea of outdoor decor involves a complicated ensemble of lights, inflatable reindeer, and a talking Santa. Switching to GFCI outlets outdoors is a job best left to the professionals, but testing them is something anyone can do. Just press the “Test” button on the outlet. If it trips and cuts the power, it’s working. Press “Reset” to restore power. If it fails to cut off, give Accurate Home Services a ring. Remember, you’ll get $50 off your next service!

Timing is Everything

Leaving your holiday lights on day and night isn’t just a one-way ticket to a sky-high electric bill; it’s also a fire risk. Pick up a timer for your lights. The mechanical ones are super easy to use; just spin the dial to set the on and off times. Or if you’re more of a tech-wiz, there are smart plugs that let you control the lights via your smartphone.

When in Doubt, Call a Pro!

Whether it’s installing new GFCI outlets, getting your old wiring inspected, or setting up that elaborate, multi-tiered display, professionals like Accurate are here for you. It’s better to have your lights set up safely by a professional, so we have got a special holiday gift for you: Book a service with Accurate to snag $50 off your next service! Let’s make this holiday season merry, bright, and most importantly, safe!

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