In many homes, the surge of winter holidays brings with them a surge in electricity use. It all begins with, say, an 8-foot Christmas tree wrapped in four strands of lights. It continues with wintry-styled decorations spread throughout
Online PR News – 11-December-2009 – – Overloading of Circuits Can Seriously Dampen Festive Celebrations
In many homes, the surge of winter holidays brings with them a surge in electricity use. It all begins with, say, an 8-foot Christmas tree wrapped in four strands of lights. It continues with wintry-styled decorations spread throughout the house – each with their own plug.
Then throw in some longer cooking time for the delicious holiday meals – and that’s just on the inside. Outside, there’s the strand of white lights hanging across the front of the house, complemented by yard art such as a motorized Santa waving to the passersby and a few lighted reindeer. So what’s the problem? Besides turning your holidays into an homage to Ben Franklin, the real risk is that you’ll overload your electrical circuits. And instead of welcoming your family and friends to come over, you might end up placing a call to the Fire Department and issuing an emergency invitation.
“The winter holiday period is a time of year when the risk of household fires increases significantly,” said Patrick O’Neill of Benjamin Franklin Electric. “Of course, part of this is because of all the electricity-driven decorations. Add in flammable materials like wrapping paper and the extensive use of candles, and you can see how that only compounds the problem.”
O’Neill recommends that homeowners apply an age-old principle this holiday season: safety first. “If you’re not sure that your electrical system is up to the task of added current running inside and outside the house, you’d be wise to get it checked out by a licensed electrical contractor,” proclaimed O’Neill.
“Extra outlets are easy for licensed contractors to install,” O’Neill noted, “while they’re also a lot less expensive than repairing a fire-damaged home.” “Especially don’t try to fix the problem yourself by using extension cords,” he added, “An electrical system is designed to accommodate the outlets that it knows about, so don’t try to extend it on your own with the use of extension cords. That can increase your electrical risks even more.”
For a professional electrical evaluation of your holiday displays, call Benjamin Franklin Electric at (908)216-9633.