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    Holiday safety

    Holiday safety

    Each year, more than 1,000 home structure fires begin with holiday decorations. Before you hang holiday decorations, consider these safety tips from AES Ohio.


    Top safety tips for holiday decorations

    • Use the right lights 
      Check whether your lights are designated for indoor or outdoor use and use appropriately.
    • Damage check
      Look for fraying or damage on light cords and sockets. If you see damage, replace the light strand.
    • Don't overload 
      You can be festive with lots of lights, just be sure you don't overload your electrical circuits.
    • Limit three
      Don't string together more than three strands of incandescent lights on a single extension cord.
    • Look up for power lines
      When hanging lights around your roof line or in trees, be sure to survey the area for overhead power lines and maintain at least a ten foot distance.
    • Be grounded
      Plug outdoor lights and decorations into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
    • Avoid fire hazards
      Never leave burning candles unattended.
    • Care for your tree
      If decorating a live tree, make sure it is fresh when you purchase it and keep it well-watered to help prevent drying.
    • Children and pet safety
      Place lights, strings, ribbon, dreidels, and breakable ornaments out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Use LED lights
      In addition to energy savings benefits, LEDs stay cool to the touch, reducing the risk of fire. LEDs are also made of epoxy, not glass, so they are more resistant to breakage.
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