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Can I Leave My House Lights on While Traveling?

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Vacation Safety Tips

It’s not uncommon for families to travel away from home during the holidays. And if you care about cost savings, you know not to leave lights and other electric appliances on while you’re away. Not to mention, fire safety hazards caused by electronics that overheat.

Before you head over the river and through the woods for the holidays, follow this simple vacation safety electronics checklist.

Don’t Leave the Lights On

Leaving lamps and overhead lights on while you’re away is not only dangerous, but it increases your electric bill. Light bulbs can become very hot and even ignite a fire. Instead, invest in a motion-sensor outdoor lighting system. If your fear is still getting the best of you, purchase a modern electronic programmable timer switch. These digital devices offer several “on” and “off” settings, as well as random settings, to give the illusion that someone is inside.

Install Outdoor Lighting

Bright lights are your first line of defense against burglars and intruders. Studies show that criminals prefer to target a house with a dark exterior rather than a well-lit one. Contact Mister Sparky® of Lancasterelectricians to install responsive outdoor security lights that automatically turn on when motion is detected. Already have a system? Contact Mister Sparky® of Lancaster for any repairs or upgrades!

Invest in an External Power Surge Protectors

Even if your electronics are hooked into power strips, a freak storm can force excess electricity through your appliances and incinerate them while you’re away. A whole-house surge protector redirects the excess power harmlessly through your home’s grounding path. Partner with Mister Sparky® of Lancaster to keep your electronics 100% safe.

Fire Safety Inspection

Before the holiday heyday hits, schedule a fire safety inspection with Mister Sparky® of Lancaster. Outdated electrical appliances degrades over years of use, and many were manufactured in an era without sufficient safety regulations. To the untrained eye, a safe panel looks no different from a hazardous one. We’ll help you identify hazards before they turn into issues.

Expect the Unexpected

The last thing you want to worry about on vacation is a winter emergency! Talk to a neighbor or family member about checking in on your home if you plan to travel for an extended period of time. In the event of a power outage or fire, ask them to call Mister Sparky® of Lancaster for 24/7 emergency service.

Invest in a Protection Plan

For ultimate peace of mind, invest in a Mister Sparky® of Lancaster protection plan. These plans cover 24/7 emergency service, discounted repair, and more! Travel without worry, knowing that no matter what, your home’s electric is safeguarded.