October is finally here! That means that the leaves are changing color, the air is crisp, and the likeliness of seeing a 25-foot-tall Snoopy in your neighbor's yard is going to be higher than ever! Whether you're someone who likes to go all-out on Halloween lawn decorations, or you just enjoy something more minimal, everyone can benefit from a few safety tips when using electricity this season.
Often times, some of the biggest struggles decorators face when setting up is deciding what to use to affix electrical cords and support wires to your home or lawn. One of the most common devices used here is a staple gun, inserting U shaped steel wire into a surface. The main danger that staples present is in their ability to puncture the protective coating on the electrical wire. Exposure to moisture can lead to dangerous short circuits. Zip ties are a great alternative, as they don't puncture your home's surface or the wire's protective coating and can easily be tightened to ensure nothing blows away.
*TIP: Be sure to check your extension cords for their intended use location as well.
*TIP: Timers can vary on their intended use, so be sure to make sure you're keeping them indoors or outdoors depending on the manufacturer's requirements.
If you follow along with H&H Electric & Security, you know that LED lightbulbs can help you conserve energy and lower you power bill in the long run, and the same rings true for light-based décor. String lights and internal lighting on decorations can typically be found with LEDs to help you save in the long run, and the range of colors is much wider when using LEDs as an added benefit!
Interested in an electrical safety check up? Looking for repairs or installation help? Call H&H Electric & Security today to learn more!