Children and adults both love Halloween. However, decorative lights, fog machines, black lights and animatronics can all be electrical hazards if you are not cautious. Check for electrical hazards to avoid the risk of fire or electrical shock. Follow these 5 tips to lessen the risk of injuries:
- Inspect electrical decorations. Look for cracked or frayed wires, broken or bare sockets, and loose connections.
- Always unplug light strings before replacing any bulbs.
- Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, walls or other firm supports. Do not use nails or tacks that could puncture light strings or electrical/extension cords; instead use insulated staples.
- Don’t overload extension cords, circuit breakers or fuses.
- Make sure decorative lighting is well-ventilated, protected from weather and a safe distance from anything flammable like dry leaves and shrubs. Do not coil power cords or extension cords while in use or tuck under rugs or drapes.
Sources: Home Safety Council www.homesafetycouncil.org; Electrical Safety Foundation International www.electrical-safety.org