Christmas is a time for celebration, but unfortunately, too many people get electrical burns, are electrocuted or have massive fires as the results of poor Christmas decoration preparation. This guide will teach you how to prepare for your Christmas decorations like a pro.
First things to do is to plan your design. Get a list of all the decorations and lights that require electricity and determine their power requirements. Consider involving a professional like Redhawk Electric to guide you on the wattage and power load required for decorations. Check the circuit box to make sure that the power load from
the decorations does not exceed the breakers for the outlets you plan to use. This step ensures that you do not overload your circuit and blow a fuse.
Secondly, add power outlets to your roof eaves and yard so that you do not need to run too many extension cords. The power outlets should be able to shut down the circuit in case there is overcurrent. Redhawk Electric technicians are skilled at installing ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) which will ensure your lights shine rather than spark. Engage a professional electrician to check if your electrical panel needs upgrading. Some of the signs that show your electric panel needs upgrading include:
• Your fuses blow or circuit breakers trip if you add Christmas lighting to your existing power circuit.
• The house lighting dims when the Christmas lighting is turned on
• The number of electrical receptacles is not enough for all your power needs.
Homes older than 20 years old typically have breaker panels with 60 to 100 amps. Newer homes typically have 200-amp panels to fit our lifestyles. Modern electrical needs require bigger panels with our use of large panel televisions, multiple computers, smart refrigerators as well as other energy-hungry appliances. Increasing the amperage of a breaker switch allows you to accommodate more home appliances as well as extensive Christmas decorations. At Redhawk Electric, we offer electrical panel upgrades with unbeatable prices. and the meter box come in ranges of 100 amps, 200 amps or even larger.
Call Redhawk Temecula Electricians at (951) 365-0587 to schedule an appointment so that we can review the Christmas safety tips and help you plan for a safe Christmas.