Every Halloween, thousands of fires are started due to avoidable accidents. One of the most common sources of these dangerous blazes is pumpkin lights. At Mr. Electric of Atlanta, we provide a wide range of lighting installation in Atlanta, Suwanee, Sandy Springs, Decatur, Buckhead, Brookhaven, College Park, Marietta, Alpharetta and other nearby Georgia communities. We enjoy helping our residential and commercial clients achieve safe and efficient electricity, and we want you to also stay safe this Halloween. Here are a few tips for keeping your yard fire free and kid friendly for trick or treating.
The Origin of Halloween Pumpkins
Jack O’ Lanterns had their beginnings in Ireland and Britain. Villagers would use them on All Hollow’s Eve as a tool to ward off evil and to scare unaware travelers. It was also frequently associated with the Will of the Wisp, or pixie lights rumored to appear on the bogs during Samhain. Evidence has been found of carved turnips and other hallowed out gourds with faces on them, going back hundreds of years. As people migrated to America in the 1600’s and 1700’s, the traditional turnip was replaced by the pumpkin.
Why Using Real Candles Is Dangerous
While small tallow candles may have been the favored source of light since colonial times, it wasn’t the safest. Flames should never be left unattended, and the dried-out contents of pumpkins can easily ignite on a windy evening. In addition, children who are running around the yard collecting candy may sweep past a candle flame with highly flammable costumes. Therefore, it’s never a good idea to light a candle in your Jack O’ Lantern and then walk away.
Thankfully, new technology allows us to enjoy time honored traditions like the Jack O’ Lantern, without risking our safety. There are many alternative options available that are affordable and hazard free. Wireless, battery operated LED lights are one of the most popular methods of lighting pumpkins and other Halloween decorations. They come in a variety of colors, and can be used to create spooky and fun effects. Best of all, they’ll last all night long and are reusable for next year. Another option is to purchase a battery-operated porcelain or ceramic pumpkin with lights. You can create even more excitement by switching out your outdoor light bulbs with Halloween themed colors, or using Halloween laser lights aimed at a garage door, wall or garden fence.
Need Help with Your Outdoor Lighting? Call Mr. Electric of Atlanta Today
Are you ready to upgrade your outdoor lighting in preparation for the fall and winter holiday seasons? Then call the experts at Mr. Electric of Atlanta. Whether you need more outdoor circuits, bulb replacements or a new outdoor lighting system installation, our team of experienced certified electricians will help find the perfect solutions for your needs and budget. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule an appointment with a qualified electrician in Atlanta, Georgia or surrounding city.