Christmas Tree and Holiday Lighting

As we approach the holiday season we are probably putting the finishing touches of our decorations inside and outside our home. As with some of us, we maybe travelling as well. So this weeks blog is about the lights that we may be having decorated our home and the Christmas tree lights.

When we are installing festive lights on the exterior of the house, you want to make sure that the lights are for exterior use. These type of lights have a thicker insulator on the wire then inside lights. Additionally, the lights should be connected to a receptacle that is GFCI or the branch circuit is GFCI by the breaker. Now don’t worry you can buy a GFCI adapter to plug into the exterior receptacle, if you don’t have them.  Additionally any extension cords should be for exterior use and of quality heavy durability. Do not use interior light weight type of extension cords. They can be affected by weather and could be hazard from the weather.

Now for the Christmas tree. Believe it or not if you have a live tree you have water near electric. The receptacle is probably not going to be GFCI protected. So, you should have an adapter to plug in the lights that is GFCI then that plugs into the receptacle. Also, keep an eye on the tree. The tree will loose needles as it drys out. This maybe a time to undecorate when you start seeing alot of needles dropping.

These are just a few ideas to help you with decorating that will make sure that the lights and tree are safe. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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