It’s the most wonderful time of the year—or is it?
From juggling your Great Aunt’s dietary needs to ensuring you seat your sister far from your co-worker she ghosted after one date, you have a lot to plan and consider as you plan for all the holiday cheer. Ensure that an electrical problem isn’t one of your host-duty woes by avoiding these five common holiday electrical issues.
Frequently Tripped Circuit Breaker
Nothing can bring a party to a standstill quite like the power going out. A tripped circuit breaker can bring the jolly good time to a screeching halt. Most likely, your issue is that too many appliances and electronics are being used at once. Try unplugging some of the high wattage items to see if that helps the problem. If the circuit continues to trip, a licensed electrician needs to join the party to get things going again!
While not necessarily “holiday-specific,” flickering light bulbs can be especially annoying when you’re hosting a household full of people you don’t want to scare. Usually, when a light flickers off and on, this is a sign that something isn’t right. Ensure that the bulb is screwed all the way in and/or try changing the bulb. If the issue persists, it’s time to call in an expert electrician to check out the wiring.
Using the Wrong Holiday Lights
Creating an outdoor lighting display that would leave even Clark Griswold in awe? Make sure you’re using the correct lights for your needs. Holiday twinkle lights are not always intended for outdoor use. Ensure that you check the packaging and only use outdoor lights on the outside of your home. Conversely, make sure you utilize indoor lights on your tree to avoid having to make a last-minute invite to the fire department to your holiday soiree.
Using Old Holiday Lights
Maybe you have the right lights for the tree or the exterior of your home, but you bought them ten years ago. Decorating with old, worn lights can lead to lights that burn out and don’t work, or worse, sparks and possibly a fire. Throw old holiday lights out after 4-6 years and start over.
Using Damaged Extension Cords
Electrical hazards can spark when you use extension cords that have been put through the wringer. Maybe your kiddos decided to use the extension cord when playing with their favorite action figures, or maybe your dog has a penchant for chewing on cords. Either way, small damage can lead to big problems. Inspect all extension cords prior to use and promptly throw out of any defects are found.
If you’re facing any electrical problems that aren’t solved with easy fixes, we’re here to help ease your holiday woes. Consider our professional, expert team of licensed electricians your party-saving elves this season. We’ll fix your holiday electrical problems and get your party back up and running in no time!