22 Nov 16

The twinkling of holiday lights is one of the most magical parts of the season. Hours can be spent creating scenes that are worthy of driving around town to take in the displays.

In the rush to decorate and create a winter wonderland, it can be easy to create electrical hazards without even knowing. In case of concern it is always best to call in a professional Tulsa electrician to get an expert opinion, but being diligent is a good starting point. A few holiday electrical safety tips to follow include:

Avoiding Overload – Whether it is a single outlet or an extension cord, an outlet can only provide so much power, so overtaxing it can be dangerous. If an outlet starts to have problems, calling in a Tulsa electrician can inspect the outlet to make sure it is safe for ongoing use, and make sure there are not issues that are out of sight.

Outdoor Safety – Make sure extension cords and decorations are marked for outdoor use. Use clips or other approved hangers that don’t compromise the wiring of outdoor lights. Outdoor decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).

Using caution with Extension Cords – If you are using an extension cord to avoid overloading a single outlet, or due to lack of outlets there are a few steps to take. Make sure the cord is in good repair, designed for what you are looking to power and not a trip hazards. While you may wait until after the holidays, if you consistently find yourself using extension cords in certain spaces in our home, call in a Tulsa electrician to get an estimate on installing additional outlets for a safer solution.

Tree Maintenance – If you use a live tree, make sure it is watered. The more a tree dries out, the more of a fire hazard it becomes.

Electrical repairs and concerns are best left to the professionals. Whether you have existing concerns or start to have issues as you increase your electrical usage for the holidays, calling in a Tulsa electrician can help.

The team at Colburn Electric can handle projects from simple repairs through complete rewiring. When you call, a licensed Tulsa electrician will come out to assess the problem, letting you know the available solutions. With same day service for most calls and up front pricing, you can address your home’s electrical issues quickly and without surprises on the bill.


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