Electrical Safety Tips for Halloween Decorations

It is that frightening time of year where ghosts and goblins start to haunt our yards – and we stock up on the some of our favorite spooky themed treats. With all the tricks and treats the Halloween season brings, we would hate for any frightening shocks ruin your holiday. Have a safe and “spooktacular” Halloween this year with Mainstream’s latest list of electrical safety tips for Halloween!

  1. Inspect your Halloween Decorations

Before plugging any decorations in, it is important to check them for any potential damage. Any frayed or cracked wires, or faulty plugs can cause a spooky spark or even a fire. Be very careful to avoid using any damaged electrical decorations by replacing or throwing them away. Also make sure that any extension cords you use are in good condition before connecting them.

  1. Decide on Safe Location for Decorations

Location is always important when decorating your home. When setting up your outdoor decorations, make sure to keep in mind potential tripping hazards with trick-or-treaters who are coming to visit. Don’t place any cords in high-traffic areas to avoid people tripping over them. Also, make sure to not staple or nail cords to your tree or house. By doing this, you can cause damage to the cord’s insulation and risk electrical shock or a serious fire.

  1. Decorate Safely

Flame resistant, flame retardant or non-combustible decorations are the packaging markers to look for when selecting decor for your home. Flashlights and flameless candles are a smarter and more efficient choice for your jack-o-lanterns or any other outdoor displays. If you have any standing water or wet grass, keep cords and decorations away from this as well. To protect you and your family from electrical shocks, plug your decorations into outlets that have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).

  1. Power Off

When heading off to bed, don’t forget to hit the lights! Turn off all the decorations and put out any open flames before leaving your home or heading inside for bed. Also make sure to deflate your inflatable yard décor! These popular decorations can be harmed if left on all night – or exposed to the elements.

Avoiding real scares this Halloween by following these electrical safety for Halloween to keep your holiday fearful and bright! Call Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing for a full home safety inspection to make sure your home is ready for the big night. A full safety inspection will help identify issues in the wiring system that might contribute to a potential power failure or safety hazard. Call (866) 978-9297 to schedule an appointment today!


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