It is Day Four of our 13 Days of Halloween! We know you all are probably adding the finishing touches to the decorations in your yard or on your porch. Some of these decorations can require a lot of power, so here are a few suggestions for handling them to keep everything running smoothly.
What is a fuse?
A fuse is a method of protection used to prevent the wiring in your house from starting a fire. Either fuses or circuit breakers are rated by their maximum amps, and if the maximum is reached, the fuse is blown or the circuit breaker is tripped. Tripped circuits or blown fuses cut off power for a certain area in the entire circuit.
How to keep a fuse from blowing
There are a few simple, effective ways to keep a fuse from blowing while you are running power to your Halloween decorations.
Use a Generator
Instead of wiring everything to your house’s power source, use a portable generator. By powering some of your decorations with a generator, less electricity will be used from your home’s source. This will reduce the likelihood of blowing a fuse
Use Battery Powered Decorations
Instead of decorations that need to be plugged in to look great, try finding decorations that only require batteries. Batteries can give you the freedom and creativity to use your decorations however you want in your yard or on your porch.
DIY Decorations with Glow-in-the-dark Paint
How scary can your yard or porch be if all of your neighbors have the exact same decorations? Rather than buying all of your Halloween decorations at the store, why don’t you make your own? Make gravestones out of Styrofoam and paint them with glow-in-the-dark paint. It will make your yard and porch look uniquely spooky. Also, you can always try to create a Packing Tape Mannequin for a real ghostly look!
What about rewiring your house to avoid blowing a fuse?
Are you a licensed electrician? If not, don’t be an idiot. Pay an expert to do it. Playing with electricity and wiring can be hazardous to your health, not to mention expensive to fix when something (and inevitably it will) goes wrong.