You don’t have to turn them on quite yet, but November is the perfect time to start planning and getting your Christmas lights set up. If you wait until December, you may be setting up decorations in the cold, freezing rain, or snow; which can be dangerous. Getting the decorations up now, while it’s still comfortable outside, will help prevent mistakes and accidents.
Also, check to be sure you’re using the right extension cord for indoor and outdoor use. The type of material on the cord is what makes it safe for outdoor use as it’s designed so it won’t crack. How can you tell the difference between indoor and outdoor cords? Indoor cords look like two pieces of cord put together; they have a seam down the middle. The outdoor cord is sealed, round, and the plug is one molded piece. You don’t want to use less than a 14 gauge wire. The cord should have “14 awg” stamped all over it. Also, use a 3 prong conductor so that it’s grounded.
You may have an outdoor outlet that isn’t grounded, meaning it only has 2 prongs rather than 3. In this case, you should replace the outdoor 2 prong outlet with a GFI (ground fault interrupter). The GFI will act as a safety when there’s no ground. You can use a GFI any time you have concerns about an outlet not being safe.
If you have more questions about installing your Christmas lights safely, or have electrical needs, contact Steve at Murray Electric in Tulsa, at 918-835-9605 or www.murrayelectric.com
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