The holiday season is here, and everyone has come home from school and other activities. The presence of many people in the house often leads to additional strain on electrical appliances. This is also when old wiring comes undone, and you start experiencing lighting issues and other electrical inconveniences. Here are four electrical topics that typically come up during the holidays and how you can resolve them.
Problems With the Christmas Lights
The holiday season is the time of the year when you want to deck the halls with lights and many other types of Christmas decorations. The most common mistake people make when putting up Christmas decorations is using the wrong lighting. Many people assume that regular indoor lights are waterproof and safe for the outdoors. Installing them on the porch can create fire and electrocution hazards. Ask an electrician to oversee your outdoor lighting decorations and buy lights that are safe for the outdoors. It is also common for people to leave the lights on all the time. It creates a massive strain on your electrical system.
Overloading the Outlets
The holiday season is when everyone gets busy with some activity. Most activities also involve electrical appliances like cooking, hair curling, bathing, entertainment, charging phones, and other devices. It would be best if you were careful about using all these appliances simultaneously because they can easily overload the circuit, leading to electrical outages and possible fires. You should be extra cautious if you have an older home because the breaker box systems are not well-equipped to handle the electrical strain caused by many appliances. Also, space out the indoor Christmas lights to draw their power from different sources.
Faulty Decorations and Appliances
It is also common to experience electrical problems because of faulty appliances. Often, this happens when you have reused your devices for many years. You should inspect them before connecting and ensure they do not have frayed chords and other weaknesses. It would help if you also replaced other aged appliances. Most importantly, you should call an electrician to assess your home's wiring for damages. They will recommend rewiring or repairing the minor parts of the system that you might have been damaged.
The most important thing to remember is the value of letting an electrician assess your home, the wiring, and the appliances. You should also call them when you experience sparking, odd smells, outages, flickering lights, and other signs of electrical problems.