AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is urging customers to make a list and check it twice to ensure their outdoor and indoor holiday lights and decorations are installed safely.
- 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.
- 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.
For more details about keeping safe around electricity, local groups can request a presentation through the FirstEnergy Speakers Bureau. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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