Christmas Lights and Backup Power

standby generatorOne of the things I love around this time of year is the number of people that choose to celebrate by displaying lights on their home for the world to see. Of course, there are those that go to the extreme, and, to no surprise, there is a reality show that pits families against each other to try and win a cash prize. If you haven’t seen it, it’s called “The Great Christmas Light Fight” and 20 families and three neighborhoods from across America decorate their homes to the extreme. Check it out this year!

I know for me “Christmas Light Fight” is more synonymous with Clark Griswold needing help untangling lights.

In any event, you should always think “safety first” regardless if you decorate your house to the extreme or not. Some things to consider:

  • Don’t overload an extension cord or plug
  • Make sure your extension cords are in good working condition and are not visibly damaged
  • Replace damaged lights or light strings
  • Use a timer to ensure your lights are turned on and off each day
  • Don’t overload a circuit as using other electrical items could blow out the power

Finally, winter storms can be unpredictable. If you live in an area with a history of frequent winter storms, consider backup power to prevent being left in the dark. That way you can cross one more thing of your list of things to worry about. Happy Holidays!