For years I’ve been the one passing the electrical tape to my husband and demanding that he tape up and seal up around the joint where the outdoor Christmas light strings join the extension cords leading to the electrical outlet. The last thing we need is for the circuit breakers to trip, or worse, an electrical fire that could potentially destroy our home. Hubby says I’m paranoid, but the fact remains that according to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 40,000 homes catch fire each year due to electrical malfunctions.

This past holiday season, we invested in Twist and Seal products, the Cord Dome and a few Twist and Seal Minis. The Minis, basically little watertight cocoons that clamshell-hinge and snap shut, proved to be much easier than electrical tape for housing the male/female connections of our holiday string lights. I’m sure that this spring, when it comes time to bistro-light our pergola, we’ll put the Minis to good use. The Cord Dome was able to house more than one multi-plug power strip. It can easily handle “Y” connectors, too.

No matter the need, outdoors or indoors, all Twist and Seal products are uniquely designed to prevent electrical shocks, shorts and protect cords against rain and snow. The Mini, Maxx and Cord Dome are the available sizes. You can pick them up—prices start at $10 for a two-pack—at leading hardware and retail stores. For more, visit

This article was originally published in The NEW PIONEER™ Spring 2016 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.

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