Thursday, 27 October 2011
Halloween is the season to be scary and each year it is turning into a bigger event in this country, so why not get into the spirit of things by adding some spooky lighting to your own haunted house.
There is some great spooky figurines and lighting ideas to be found on the Internet in preparation for this weekend that we have shared with you below, but it is still important to consider electrical safety when purchasing and decorating your home for Halloween to keep your trick or treater safe.
Add some dark & spooky scenes to your pathway by using
floodlights as suggested on eHow as they cover a large area with colored light. The right color sets the mood for your display, so plan the look you want and choose accordingly. Blue floodlights add to the ghostly feel of a graveyard scene, notes Halloween Yard Haunter, while red lights enhance a naughty devil theme. Purple lights and red lights help set the mood for a vampire setting. Green lights bring a spooky-faced witch to life. Floodlights get very hot, so make sure they are set up safely away from children, pets and combustible material like dry leaves with no cables causing a trip hazard. It is important that any light you use outside are approved for outdoor use so always check before buying.
Webbed Doorways & Stairs
As recommend on lights4fun why not use novelty cobwebs to your Halloween displays, keep it safe and choose only LED, low voltage or battery powered fairy lights. Perfect around children and no re-lighting flames when the pumpkin is on the door step!
Don't use candles in your pumpkin this year and put yourself at risk of a fire hazard, use battery operated tea lights instead. The beauty of battery operated LED candles is that you have the safety of no naked flame, no fire risk, but a realistic animated effect. These LED Tea Lights will never get hot and are perfect around home decorations, fabrics and furniture. We loved these at lights4fun.
No Haunting Overloads
If you need to use an extension lead when decorating your haunted house remember not to overload the circuit by plugging into many lights into it. This can cause the wiring to overheat which can be a potential fire hazard, instead spread the lighting load over different circuits or lessen the lighting load.
Frightful Extension Leads
Replace any cords that are frayed or show signs of wear and avoid a trip hazard by keeping them out of the way where people will be walking. Rain and ground moisture can affect their operation and could cause a dangerous situation as electricity and water do not mix, so keep them inside.
Always roll your extension lead completely out and never leave it partly on the coil otherwise it could suffer heat damage.
Prevent a Freakish Fire
Always turn off your lighting displays when your haunted evening is finished as a short circuit could easily cause a fire.
Always make sure that any portable eletrical equipment that is used in the garden are protected with an RCD.
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