Haunting Electrical Hazards to Avoid this Halloween

Jordan & Sons Plumbing and Electrical loves Halloween and, with the spookiest holiday of the year just around the corner, we want to make sure that yours isn’t ruined by haunting electrical hazards.

As the big day approaches, fog machines are rolling out, while cob webs and strings of bright lights begin to conquer the neighborhood’s porches, trees, and bushes. Parents are fully stocking their candy bowls for trick-or-treaters, while couples, kids, and even the family pets prepare to suit up in their finest costumes.

We put a lot of thought into the many traditions that surround Halloween, but we often forget about the things that can go horror-bly wrong. Each year, 3,500 Halloween related injuries are reported. We want to make sure that you and your family can avoid becoming a part of that statistic.

Follow these tips and you’ll be able to keep the candy pouring and the fun roaring!

  • Make sure that all lights, animatronics, fog machines, and other electrically powered decorations, which you plan to use outdoors, are marked “For Outdoor Use.”
  • Make sure that all electrically powered lights and decorations are safety approved.
  • Inspect each decoration for frayed, or cracked sockets, and loose, or bare connections, which could lead to serious fire, or electrical shock.
  • Discard damaged sets of props, or electrically powered decorations that can no longer be used safely.
  • Securely fasten electrically powered decorations to the walls of your home, trees, and other firm supports, to avoid wind damage to decorations. Wind damage may lead to exposed wires and, therefore, fire and shock hazards.
  • Avoid fastening lights with tacks, or nails. Use insulated staples, or hooks, instead, which are available at local hardware stores and made to hold strings of lights in place.
  • Avoid overloading extension cords; just because there are 8 available outlets doesn’t mean that all of them are meant to be used at the same time.
  • Check the placement of extension cords and other electrical cords so that they may not become exposed to water, or snow on the ground.
  • Avoid tripping circuit breakers and fuses by figuring out the amount of watts your breaker can handle. To find out the amount of watts your breaker can handle, use the following equation: (amps x volts = watts your breaker can handle without tripping). Note: most household currents are 110 volts and most circuit breakers are rated between 10, or 15 amps.
  • Avoid electrical shock by plugging outdoor electrical decorations into circuits, protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). These are portable and available where electrical supplies are sold. Qualified electricians can permanently install these into your household circuits.
  • Always keep one fire extinguisher available, know its location, and how to operate it properly, in case of fire that may result from shorts in wires, or open flames.
  • Make sure that children’s, pet’s, and your own costumes do not drag across the ground, to avoid fire hazards from possible open flames on porches.
  • Disconnect all electrically powered decorations and blow out all open flames before leaving your residence, or going to bed.

If you have any questions about the safety of your family’s electrically powered Halloween decorations, please give us a call. Our services are available 24 hours and we would be more than happy to help.

Jordan & Sons Plumbing and Electrical wishes the happiest Halloween to you and your family.

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