Things you want to do on Christmas but you really shouldn’t

It was something right out of a cheap Christmas movie.

My husband was putting up the decorations throughout our yard. Lights on the bushes here, lights on the arbor there, spiral Christmas trees throughout the yard. And the Moravian star hanging from the porch ceiling. We’re not even going to talk about the dangers of being on the top step of the ladder with the wife holding the ladder, just quaking in her sneakers.

No, we’re talking about electrical safety.

He turns to me and says, “We can’t have these many lights on one circuit…but let’s see what happens.”

The circuit is our porch light. He has this thingamagig that turns an outlet into a receptacle. It’s an adapter that just screws in like a bulb, available in any hardware store for a few bucks.  This might not be news to you but it was to me.

He runs orange extension cords through the yard where people have no business walking, around the steps and up to the receptacle.

Now, this means we no longer have a porch light so we have to make the lights in the yard extra bright. Hence, the temptation to put too many lights on one circuit.

Back to the trial run. So he turns on the lights. We “ooh and ah” and they go out.

He says, “We can’t have too many lights on one receptacle.”

Uh huh.

We have an outlet at the side of the house. A very nice one. But the cord would have to cross the driveway and the sidewalks.

New plan. He plugs in half the lights into another orange cord and runs it all the way around the other side of the house (where no one walks in the winter) and up to the outlet on our deck.

The idea is to control the lights from inside the house.

Now every night he turns on the porch from the living room and I turn on the deck switch from the dining room. We have to do it simultaneously so that all the lights turn on at once. But it works.

If you want to practice safe lighting, here’s the right way to do it.  

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There is an added bonus. We have three $10 gift certificates to Johnny O’s Bar and Grille in East Stroudsburg that we’ll be giving away in a random drawing. But don’t dally. Christmas is coming and so is the deadline: Dec. 27.

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