Electrical Hazards Can Haunt Halloween. We all love a good scare. Super Electric want's to make sure that you are safe this Halloween. As you bump in the night, we don't want you to get a bump in the night.
Following these electrical safety tips.
Will help you avoid real scares this Halloween!
Use only lights that have been safety tested and approved by Underwriters Laboratory (UL). Look for the UL label on the box and on each string.
Make sure extension cords are in good condition. Use only UL-approved cords rated to carry the electrical load you will connect to them.
Before plugging in the lights, check each string for broken sockets, frayed cords, or faulty plugs. Replace damaged strings.
Keep electric cords out of high-traffic areas.
Don’t staple or nail through light strings or electrical cords.
Do not attach cords or lights to metal objects.
Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports to protect the lights from wind damage. Do not use nails or tacks to hold light strings in place.
Do not run electrical cords across sidewalks or other walkway areas that could trip or endanger trick-or-treaters. Indoors, avoid stretching cords across a room where people or pets can trip over them or become entangled.
Outdoors, use only lights and cords rated for outdoor use.
Cords should be plugged into outlets equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Use a portable GFCI if your outdoor outlets don’t have them. GFCIs protect you from electric shocks.
Always unplug lights before going to bed or leaving your home.
You may have a number of electronic devices plugged into the interior and exterior of your home, especially during Halloween. With so many devices, there’s a possibility you’re overloading your circuits. That would cause your breakers to trip. What that means you’re either plugging too many devices into a single outlet via a power strip or you’re plugging in devices that require more power than your home’s wiring can handle.