We’re just a few weeks away from Halloween, and Tampa homeowners are decorating their yards with jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and goblins. If you plan to use Halloween lighting on the outside of your home, it’s important that you take some precautions to prevent fires or injuries.
Using Your Existing Outdoor Lighting System
The safest way to illuminate your yard is to use your current landscape lighting system. You can insert colored gel light filters (available from Amazon) into your lighting fixtures for spooky effects around your yard. Use orange to illuminate your home in the most popular Halloween color, green to perfect a mad scientist scene, red to make a zombie invasion pop, or blue to turn your home into a cold, abandoned haunted house.
Using String Lights and Other Electric Decorations
If you plan to use string lights or other electric decorations, we’d like to share some tips for doing it safely.
- Inspect all lights, decorations and cords for damage before using them.
- Make sure all extension cords and lights are marked for outdoor use, and that they are far away from any standing water.
- Plug all outdoor electric lights into circuits protected by GFCIs (or ground fault circuit interrupters. If your circuits aren’t GFCI-protected, you can purchase portable outdoor GFCIs at a local hardware store.
- Keep your lights at least 10 feet away from power lines.
- Never attach lights or cords to any metal object.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets with too many decorations or electrical devices.
- Check that all spot lights used to illuminate decorations are protected from weather and at a safe distance from flammable items.
- Unplug anything electrical before replacing bulbs or fuses.
- Turn off outdoor decorations before going to sleep or leaving home, unless they are on a timer.
- If you have tiki torches, luminaries or a fire pit near your sidewalk or porch, make sure they are pushed back far enough that wigs or long tails on costumes can’t get caught in a flame.
We hope you enjoy this fun spooky season. If you have any questions about your landscape lighting system or decorations, give Brilliant Nights a call!