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Halloween Guide and Ideas
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Using black lights and/or any other lights or electrical devices such as strings of decorative lights, fog machines, strobe lights, animatronics or other electrically powered decorations can all add to the ambience of your Halloween haunt, but they can also create the added dangers of fire, electrocution and other nasty and potentially disastrous accidents. It is very important that you look for and eliminate potential dangers from your Halloween lights and other decorations that could lead to fires and injuries.

Never leave black light units or any other electrical Halloween decorations, props or special effects devices plugged in when you leave the house or when you go to bed. The lights could short out and start a house fire. Always have at least one fire extinguisher available and know how to use it. Its a good idea to attach a smoke detector to the wall or ceiling in the rooms where you use black lights. Don't use electrical decorations or light strings near materials that could easily catch fire. Follow the use and care instructions that accompany your electrical decorations closely and stay within there intended limits. In homes with small children or animals, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or easily breakable. Remember, most black light units are not weather or water proof.

Make sure that all electrical plugs that are plugged into outlets and/or extension cords are plugged in safely. Don't overload extension cords or allow them to run through water or snow. Don't staple or nail through light strings or electrical/extension cords as you could damage the wire or protective insulation, which could lead to an electrical shock or fire. Carefully inspect each electrical decoration before use. Before using any light strings, animated displays or other electrical products outdoors, make sure the product is approved and marked "for outdoor use" and that it is UL listed. Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.

Cracked or frayed sockets, damaged plugs, loose or bare wires, and loose connections could cause a serious electrical shock or start a fire. Discard damaged sets of lights or electric props that can no longer be used safely or repaired. Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports to protect any outdoor lights from wind damage. Use only insulated staples to hold strings or cords in place, do not nails or tacks. Or, you can run strings of lights through hooks (available at hardware stores). For long cords, an extension cord wrap or spool works great to manage and store them on. Plastic cable ties are also another way to bind excess cord together to make them more manageable. Carefully pack away the black light unit and bulb, preferably in its original box.

Generally speaking, most black light units don't require that much electrical power to operate, with high powered black light cannons being an exception. Most household circuit breakers are rated up to either ten or fifteen amps (you can tell by looking at the breakers themselves), and household current is generally 110 volts. Amps times volts equal the amount of watts that a breaker can handle without tripping. With caution, learn what breakers protect each section of your home and label them. Don't overload individual circuit breakers by adding to many electrical devices. For added electric shock protection, you can plug outdoor electric lights and decorations into circuits that are protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).



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