Start a Tradition of Safety This Season
The holiday season is full of traditions. Whether it is eating certain foods, mailing cards, giving gifts, or spreading cheer through decorations, these traditions bring comfort and warmth to the season. This year, Safe Electricity encourages you to incorporate another activity into your holiday traditions—safe holiday decorating.
Holiday decorations are one of the most festive yet also one of the most dangerous parts of the season. Make a point to take care of yourself and those you love by taking all the necessary time to decorate safely—without skipping any safety steps—for the holidays.
Perennial Public Power District and Safe Electricity urge everyone to follow these precautions:
- When decorating outside, look up and look out. Never throw holiday lights or other decorations into trees near power lines.
- Be especially careful when working near power lines attached to your house. Keep ladders, equipment, and yourself at least 10 feet from power lines.
- Use only lights, cords, animated displays, and decorations rated for outdoor use. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use them. Use plastic or insulated hooks to hang lights.
- Cords should be plugged into outlets equipped with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). Use a portable GFCI if your outdoor outlets are not equipped with them. GFCI protection is very important outdoors, where weather conditions can create dangerous electrical situations.
- Do not staple or nail through light strings or electrical cords, and do not attach cords to utility poles.
- Outdoor holiday lights are for seasonal use, up to 90 days. Bring them inside after the holidays.
- Avoid decorating outside on windy or wet days. Choose to decorate in favorable weather conditions and during daylight hours.
Perennial Public Power District hopes your season will be full happy and safe traditions. For more information, visit SafeElectricity.org.