Holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family, travel, cook and shop. Your Cooperative wants you to stay safe during the holidays. Consider these tips as you gear up:
INSPECT YOUR SEASONAL ITEMS
Take a few moments to carefully inspect all your holiday items to ensure everything is in safe, working order. A few things to look out for include:
- Brittle insulation on wires
- Rodent damage to wires
- Chafed or frayed wires, especially at stress points
- Worn switches with the potential to short circuit
- Corroded metal parts
- Broken legs, unstable bases and other tip-over hazards
EXTENSION CORDS ARE TEMPORARY
They are designed for temporary use and should never be used as a permanent or long-term solution.
NEVER DEFEAT SAFETY DEVICES
If your plugs won't fit together, that means they're not designed to work together. Rather than tampering with a safety feature, find a safe solution.
LOOK UP AND LIVE
When working outside with a ladder, be sure you are a safe distance from any power lines. Always carry your ladder so that it is parallel to the ground.
BEWARE OF POWER LINES THROUGH TREES
Before stringing lights through trees, make sure the branches are away from the electric lines. If you notice limbs that are too close, contact your Cooperative.
READ THE FINE PRINT
If you take a few minutes to read and understand the specifications and limitations of your lights and other electrified holiday decorations decorations, you can save yourself a great deal of work and frustration in the long run.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE KIDS...AND PETS
Make sure your holiday decor receives the same level of safety scrutiny you apply to all of the permanent items in your home.