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Do you have lights in your home that dim when the refrigerator kicks on? Have you ever felt a slight shock when you touch your stove with wet hands? These are just two situations that should be looked at by an electrician. I didn't give any attention to the lights that were dimming in my laundry room when I turned my dryer on. A few months after I had noticed it, we had a small electrical fire in the ceiling. To find more home electrical symptoms that shouldn't be ignored, visit my website. Here, you will find symptoms, problems and solutions for each.

symptoms of electrical problems in the home

Avoid Scary Accidents With Your Outdoor Halloween Lights! Follow These Tips For Installation

Emily Ford

It's almost time to decorate the house for Halloween! If you haven't given thought to outdoor electrical safety, then it's time. These tips will help you decorate your outdoor spaces safely for the coming holiday.

Extension Cord Safety

These extension cord safety tips will help you safely plug in your outdoor Halloween lights.

  • Use outdoor extension cords only. At home improvement centers, outdoor grade extension cords are usually the cords that are orange or green in color.
  • Keep the cords out of standing water. You may not be getting a lot of snow yet, but many parts of the country get rain around Halloween. Keep cords out of dips in the ground where puddles usually form.
  • Cover the cords. Covering the cords in areas where they cross walkways will prevent trick-or-treaters from kicking the cords around or tripping over them. Sometimes cords can be taped down with duct tape, but duct tape won't always stick. Cord covers are available for sale at home improvement centers.
  • Plug cords into GFCI outlets only. GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. GFCI outlets detect irregularities between the amount of electricity flowing into and out of the outlet, and when an irregularity is detected, the outlet is shut down. This prevents people from becoming electrocuted due to wetness in or around the extension cord. All of your outdoor outlets should be GFCI. You'll recognize these outlets by the little red button that appears on the outlet wall plate. If your outdoor outlets are not GFCI outlets, have a certified electrician replace your old outlets with GFCI outlets.

Other Electrical Safety Tips

  • Avoid plugging too many outdoor lights into one or two outlets. Don't use a power strip that will enable you to plug several strings of lights into one circuit. If you do plug in several strings of lights to one circuit, watch for signs of circuit overload. If the circuit is controlled by a wall switch, for example, you may notice the switch becoming hot after the lights have run for a while. In addition, the outlet itself may also become hot.
  • Avoid using nails to support cords. Nailing cords to the wall of your house could result in punctured cords. Many home improvement centers sell clips and other devices that attach to gutters and hold outdoor string lights to the sides of the house. This is much safer and often less damaging to your home's fascia and soffit.
  • Keep strings of lights away from foot traffic. You may be tempted to light up the fake cemetery on your lawn with strings of lights, but keep the strings away from areas where little ones will be walking.

For more tips and helpful information about lighting up your home for Halloween, speak with your certified electrician when he comes to the house to install GFCI outlets.