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Thursday, November 18, 2010

NORTH BALTIMORE, Ohio – Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative reminds members at home and in the workplace to keep electrical safety in mind when decorating for the holiday season:

• Before decorating, read and follow the manufacturers’ instructions concerning installation and maintenance of all decorative electrical products. 
• Use lights and other electrical decorations certified by a recognized independent testing laboratory such as CSA, UL, or ETL. 
• Outdoors, use lights and other electrical decorations certified for outdoor use. 
• Carefully inspect each decoration before plugging into an outlet. Cracked, frayed, loose or bare wires, as well as loose connections may cause electrical shock or start a fire. Replace damaged items. 
• Always unplug electrical decorations before replacing light bulbs or fuses. 
• Do not mount or support light strings that might damage the cord's insulation. 
• Never nail or staple light strings or extension cords. 
• Do not connect more than three light string sets together. 
• Light strings with screw-in bulbs should have no more than 50 bulbs connected together. 
• Do not overload extension cords – they can overheat and start a fire. Keep all outdoor extension cords and light strings clear of snow and standing water.

• Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights. 
• Do not allow children or pets to play with electrical decorations. Even small light decorations can produce a fatal shock if they are misused. 
• Turn off all electrical decorations before leaving home or going to bed. 
• Plug outdoor electric lights and decorations into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Portable GFCIs can be purchased wherever electrical supplies are sold.

Source: Electrical Safety Foundation International; CPSC

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