As those of us at the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City begin to hang the tinsel on the tree and place the ever mischievous Elf on his perch, we want to take a moment and share with our community of friends some helpful reminders of both dos and don’ts for the holiday season.
Don’t be a Clark
As most of us can attest, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a classic. Not only does it provide a bountiful of laughs, it clearly demonstrates what not to do when it comes to plugging in too many electrical devices and/or overloading outlets. As Clark Griswold demonstrated, too many cords, extensions or otherwise, can overheat and lead to an unexpected – or worse – undetected fire.
To prevent the possibility of having your tree, gifts and/or cat scorched (as the Griswold’s so memorably experienced), keep these simple tips in mind:
- Major appliances such as inflatable decorations should only be plugged directly into an appropriate receptacle outlet.
- It is not wise and can be dangerous to use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for large energy conductors.
- Relying heavily on extension cords is a clear indication that you need additional outlets. Having a qualified professional address your needs is a lot less stressful and less expensive than realizing your need after a major catastrophe.
- Make sure that all chosen decorations for outside display are designated for outside use. Although you may be tempted to use indoor and outdoor lights interchangeably, they are not designed to work in certain conditions. For example, outside lights are able to withstand winter conditions whereas indoor lights are safety tested to ensure that they are not a fire hazard for your Christmas tree.
Check, Check and Triple Check
As we are in the business of keeping you and yours safe, we would be remiss to not strongly recommend that you to keep a close eye on your electrical cords. By this, be sure to first check the electrical cords insulation to ensure the wrapping is intact. If it becomes separated from the wires, you can run the risk of possibly causing a power shortage, starting a fire or creating a shock hazard than can cause serious injuries or worse.
Safety Before Sugar Plums
Your best bet to a merry night’s sleep is to power down all indoor and outdoor decorations before bed and when leaving your home. Although it is nice to come home to a festive holiday scene when returning home from an evening out, this simple measure can make a significant impact. Not only does this precaution prevent the possibility of an unnoticed electrical incident, this can also save you a handful of cash when it comes to your power bill.
Above all this season, we at the Overhead Door Company of Dodge City wish you a Merry Christmas and a joyful and prosperous New Year!