Seasonal Safety


The winter holiday season has it’s unique set of obstacles when dealing with electrical safety. Stay safe during the season with these tips:

  • Lighting:
    • Use the right type of light. Some lights are rated only for indoor use so don’t use them outside. Same goes with extension cords.
    • Replace damaged light strings and cords.
    • Ensure your outside power outlets are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI). They are like mini breakers that will turn off the power in the event of a short to prevent fire and potentially save your life.
    • Never remove the third prong (ground) in a plug. This helps prevent shocks.
    • Read the manufactures instructions to confirm how many light strings can be connected in series.
    • Never staple cords. The staples could damage the cord and become a fire hazard.
    • Most holiday outdoor lighting isn’t suitable for year-round use. Read the products instructions.
  • Christmas Trees:
    • If you have a natural tree, ensure it’s watered. A dry tree is more dangerous due to potential fire.
    • Ensure empty sockets are replaced with bulbs. A child or pet could stick something in it or put it in their mouth causing a shock.
    • Turn off your tree lights when you go to bed or leave your home. Never leave unattended.
    • Avoid overloading your outlets. What happens when you don’t?