Christmas is approaching and, as a result, the decorations that characterize the time – colored lamps, luminous ribbons, Christmas trees and the famous flashing light – take over the streets and homes. Every year there are novelties in ornamentation. Come to think of it, Neoenergia has taken some care when purchasing and installing these products and other items that traditional Christmas decoration. Everything to help consumers adopt effective and safe habits during the festivities.
The first attention is given when purchasing the turn signal lights. Information on wattage, voltage and operating instructions should be contained on the accessories packaging. This will ensure greater reliability of the product. The option for LED lamps is safer and more efficient as they heat less and consume less energy than conventional lamps. It’s also common for people to reuse the blink from year to year. In this case, it is essential to observe the state of conservation of the wire by checking its entire length to identify if there is a damaged point. If you find any damage, it is ideal to throw it away to avoid shocks and short circuits.
In the case of flashing lights, the information on the power of the product, given in watts (W) and indicated on the packaging, deserves attention. The higher the power, the higher the power consumption. For example, a standard set of 100 micro lamps has, on average, 5.5 W of power, if turned on for 11 hours a day, consuming 1.8 kWh / month. In this case, the trick is to reduce the usage time. If they are on for five hours, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, the consumption of these lamps drops to 0.8 kWh / month.
Lighting should be installed by dry people and on the sidewalk. It is important to ensure that the turn signal is disconnected from the power supply during handling. It should not be turned on until assembly is complete. If the person wants to change something in the Christmas decoration, like the position of the turn signal, they must first disconnect from the outlet, make the change, and then turn on again.
“Another point of attention is with the lights on the Christmas tree. It is important to avoid the use of ornaments made of paper, cardboard, cotton, wool and dry straws, because in the event of a short circuit they burn quickly. For the same For this reason, prefer trees that have “fire resistance” specifications to decrease the risk of accidents. Allied to this, you must know how to choose the tree. Most of them are made of materials such as plastic and metal – conductors of energy. If there is a fault in the turn signal, it can energize the whole decoration “,explains Harley Albuquerque, health and safety manager at Neoenergia.
The guidelines also extend to the external environment. Care must be taken when installing light fixtures outside the residence, as the ornament suffers from the action of time, drying out the wiring. These materials must be intended for “use at the time”, that is, we will have the mitigation of the risks of shock or short circuit with more severe proportions.
Lights should be turned off whenever a person falls asleep or leaves the house, as most accidents happen when there is no one nearby. In addition, it is worth avoiding the use of T to connect multiple items in the same outlet. This can overload the socket being used and cause serious accidents. Those with children or pets at home should be extra careful, keeping ornaments and equipment connected to electricity out of reach.
In the event of an accident, the first step is to turn off the house circuit breaker. Then note the status of the victim. If necessary, activate the emergency service, especially in situations involving children and the elderly. If you need it, the service of the electricity distributor in the area.