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Did you ever drive by your local trash drop off facility the day after Christmas and see lots of trees have already been dropped off? You wonder to yourself, “Why do people take their Christmas trees down so quickly?” Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air understands it’s a personal choice, but there are some things worth considering when it comes to deciding how long the decorations stay up.
Depending on how extravagant your displays are, cost is certainly one factor. Christmas lights can drive the electrical bill sky high in no time at all, but it doesn’t make much sense to leave the lights up if you’re not going to turn them on and enjoy them.
There are also some electrical fire prevention concerns. If you have a real tree and real greenery with lights attached to it, the fire risk goes sky high as they dry out. It shouldn’t pose a problem unless you have an electrical malfunction in a string of lights, but if that should happen your tree could go up in flames in just seconds. Plus, dry trees and greenery make a real mess.
While we’re talking about electricity, did the holiday lights expose any shortcomings? Did you have circuit breakers you had to reset constantly? Any other signs of a system overload like extension cords or outlets getting hot? If the answers are yes, then this is the perfect time to schedule a safe and sound electrical inspection by one of our electricians in Montgomery, AL to make sure the problem isn’t going to still be there after the lights are put away for the year.
Our comprehensive safe and sound inspection can be a life-saver and includes multiple safety checks. In a given year, seven people a day die in house fires across the country. Alabama typically ranks as one of the leading states in house fire deaths. Dixie can turn the odds in your favor. All you have to do is call us.
If the decorations caused electrical problems, it could be a sign you need to upgrade your service. Talk with our Montgomery electrical contractors about installing a new electrical panel to increase capacity or, if possible, adding more circuits to the panel you already have. Christmas won’t be the only time you will have an extra load on your electrical system. Be prepared for the next time.
We certainly hope you had a great Christmas with friends and family, but as we turn the page to a new year, now is a great time to call Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air to deal with any lingering problems you might have in your home comfort systems. Remember our motto, “Call Dixie, and it’s done!”