Friday, December 16, 2011

Is your family at risk this Christmas?

You've seen the headlines...

Local family struggling to cope as fire destroys home.... 

It's devastating anytime, and especially at Christmas.  It doesn't have to happen.

We are proud to design ways to deliver power where it's needed most and we do so with safety in mind.  That's why, as we approach year's end with all its festivities and celebration, we want to take a brief minute to share some important reminders about holiday lighting that could save your life or the lives of those you love. 

Outdoor Lighting
  • Double check the lights for any frayed wires or cracks and be sure there is a light in each socket; damaged strands should be discarded.
  • If you decide to add more lights, don't use a ladder anywhere near overhead wires; be sure the ladder is securely placed on level ground. 
  • Lights should be approved by Underwriters Laboratory; "UL" will be clearly displayed on the tag.  And be sure the lights are approved for outdoor use.
  • Check to make sure tacks or nails were not hammered into the electrical cord during installation; most lights now have clips that can be used to attach to the house. 
  • Be sure heavy-duty, outdoor extension cords are being used.
  • If possible, outdoor lights and any inflatable decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters.
  • Use a timer, or turn off the lights before going to bed.
Indoor Lighting
  • Continue to check lights for frayed wires or any other damage, particularly if there is a pet in the household.
  • Don't overload extension cords; no more than three sets of standard lights should be used per cord.
  • For special ornaments that plug into a bulb receptacle, use no more than two such ornaments per strand, or check the manufacturer's directions.
  • Lights should not touch drapes, furniture or carpeting.
  • Do not leave lights on overnight.
  • If you have children in your home, use safety caps on all electrical outlets
Safety tips courtesy of FirstEnergy via PR Newswire.

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