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Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday Electrical Safety Tips

Make Safety the First Item on Your List this Holiday Season!

Are your outdoor Electrical Decorations safe for outdoor use?

Choose the right light for the job: Light strings and other decorations are rated for indoor or outdoor use. Make sure your light strings are intended for outdoor use.

Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) outlets when plugging in outdoors.

Read the package instructions, and never exceed the recommended wattage.

Buy holiday decorations that have the mark of an accredited certification agency (CSA-CETL or CUL) on the package. Once the package is opened, remember to check for the appropriate approval sticker appearing on the cord for products incorporating light strings. 

Are your electrical decorations in good condition? Have your Electrical decorations been tested by recognizable Electrical companies?

If there are any damaged electrical products (cords, plugs, ornaments), the defective item should be replaced before connecting them to the receptacle. To replace them follow the safety instructions or ask for the help of professional electricians.

Prevent Electrical overloads!

Avoid plugging too many lights and decorations into an outlet. Overloaded circuits can overheat and start a fire. Fuses that frequently blow and circuits that trip can indicate too many items are connected to the circuit.

No more than three light strings can be safely connected together in most cases—read manufacturers’ instructions for directions. 

Purchase an extension cord of appropriate length and check to see if it is two pronged or three!

Never remove the third prong on plugs—this “grounding pin” prevents shock in the event of electrical equipment failure.

Plug outdoor electrical decorations into Ground Fault (GFCI)-protected outlets.

Installing Decorations tips:

Make sure bulbs don’t touch supply cords, wires, cloth, paper, or any material that’s not part of the light string.

Use the proper clips for securing lights and decorations. Staples and nails can damage electrical cords.

Check for overhead power lines before using a ladder to put up decorations, or when you’re hanging lights or decorations on trees.

Holiday decorations aren’t designed for year-round use and can deteriorate over time. Take them down when the holidays are over.

Remember to:

Watch that children don’t put electrical decorations or cords in their mouths.

Keep an eye on pets that may chew or damage electrical cords.

Turn off holiday lights and decorations when you leave the house or go to bed.

Don’t run extension cords under carpets, through doorways, or in places where they can be damaged by furniture.

Keep outdoor connections above-ground and out of puddles; don’t run them across driveways and/or walkways.

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