Practical Advices on Electrical Safety During Winter Holidays

Probably everyone loves the winter holidays. Everything is so beautiful, decorated, lighted that atmosphere of celebration soars in the air. But on the other hand, the winter holidays also bring a lot of things and tasks to do, to celebrate everything right. Buy all gifts, find and hang all decoration, including Christmas tree, cook enough food for the celebration, visit someone’s party and invite someone to yours, etc.

With all of these tasks, people can forget about safety in some moments that unfortunately can be crucial. That is why our team of professionals except providing the licensed electrician service in Wheeling will be glad to help you to celebrate all holidays safety and protected with any issues with electricity.


These are dividing into two groups depend on what type of tree is in use:

  • If there is a real tree, you need to remember to water it enough to not make it become dry and, accordingly, flammable. Anyway keep it as far away as possible from candles, heaters, fireplaces and so on;
  • If there is a fake tree, first of all, before even purchase it, you should check is this material non-flammable. Because if not, just forget about this option, because it is too dangerous.

If the decision to decorate the Christmas tree with lights was made, you need to check if there are any:

  • Broken bulbs on every strand;
  • Frayed patches on every cord;
  • Plugs that looks like broken.

If you see any of mentioned above things, please know that to string these lights is dangerous and may cause a fire. And in any case, you need to have a fire extinguisher in your home and place it close to the most potentially dangerous places.


In case you experienced real winter, with cold weather and snow, you may be among those, who are actively using space heaters, which are helpful in targeting heating some home areas. And here it is the second potentially dangerous question with electric appliances. The main safety rule about space heaters: do not leave them working close to the wall or furniture. One more important detail: make sure that there are no water sources close to the heater. In case of using a radiator, please, place all of your decoration elements far enough to make it one hundred percent safety.


Using outdoor lighting is a much more difficult process, that follows additional risks. Let’s explore potential sources of danger in this case. Firstly, you need to understand that it is necessary to use the ladder to decorate your home with outdoor lighting. It means that at least two persons should work on this to avoid falling.

The next moment is careful checking of every single bulb on every strand. And the reason why it should be done even more carefully than with indoor analog because this lighting will contact with water for sure. So such issues as damaged bulbs and frayed cord may cause a short out and a fire.

Also, you need to know that in the process of hanging lights you cannot use nails and staplers, because it will damage the lighting. The best options will be hooks and plastic clips.

By the way, do you know that lights with LED technology generate less heat, and, respectively, they are more safety for you, your family and your home. So maybe next time when you decide to buy new lights, you can choose the LED one.

And do not forget to turn off your lighting when it is not supervised.

If you would like to know even more advice about how to make your home as safe as possible, feel free to contact us and our specialists will help you with any issue or question.

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