With the holidays quickly approaching, Bates Electric would like to remind families about these important holiday safety tips. Unfortunately, holidays can be a time for unfortunate electrical accidents. Statistics show that incidents of home fires and electrical accidents typically increase during winter months. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 30 percent of home fire and 38 percent of home fire deaths occur during the months of December, January, and February. So what can you do to protect your family?

Many families will choose to decorate with a tree and stockings this holiday season. In doing so, remember never to overload electrical sockets! All holiday lights and extension cords should be purchased from reputable retailers and always read manufacturers suggestions on the maximum number of lights strands that can be safely connected. If unsure, always max out at three strands.


Holiday lights are a staple during the Christmas season; however, they can also cause electrical sockets to become overloaded. Follow these simple safety tips below to ensure your holiday lights are hung with safety in mind.


Extension cords are also heavily used during the holiday season. From extension cords in the kitchen to run small appliances to holiday lights, extension cords are common place during the winter months. The following are some great extension cord safety standards that families should follow this season (and throughout the year.)

If outlets in your home are limited, contact Bates Electric and ask about our GFCI outlet special. We are currently offering a $50 service call special for anyone that purchases and installs 3 GFCI outlets in their home. Kiss the multiple extension cords goodbye and opt for the safety of more outlets.


Not sure if you home is ready for the holidays? Bates Electric is offering a $25 safety inspection for all residential properties! Let Bates Electric ensure that you home is #BatesSafe by calling to setup your safety inspection today.