Electric safety tips
Holiday Safety: ‘Tis the Season for Decorating
- Replace incandescent holiday lighting with LED lights. They are cool to the touch no matter how long they’re on.
- Carefully inspect new and old light strings for wear and tear, broken or cracked sockets and frayed wiring. Replace damaged items before plugging in the strings.
- Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
- Avoid adding too many strings of Christmas lights to any one circuit, possibly resulting in an electrical fire. Take care to follow the manufacturer’s directions about number of lighting strands which can be connected.
- Keep live trees as moist as possible to reduce the risk of fire from dry needles by keeping the tree stand full of water.
- Place your tree in a sturdy stand designed to keep it from tipping over.
- Keep the tree at least three feet from any heat source, such as a fireplace or heating vent.
- Do not place the tree where it may block exits.
- Dispose of the tree safely when it begins dropping needles. Dry trees are highly flammable!
Electric Safety Throughout The Year
Longmont Power & Communications is reminding people that electricity
deserves your respect -- if you are careless, you can get a shock or start
a fire. You can avoid electrical accidents by keeping these safety tips in
- Be alert when using electrical products. Every product comes with instructions
for proper use. Follow manufacturers instructions and read care and
maintenance manuals and warnings carefully before you use the product.
- Keep extension and electrical cords out of the reach of children and pets.
- Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances or plugs.
- Never force a plug into an outlet if it does not fit.
- Dont run extension cords under rugs or furniture. They can overheat
and may cause a fire.
- Use extension cords only on a temporary basis and not as permanent household
- Dont use appliances with broken plugs or frayed, cut or damaged cords.
They can cause a shock or fire.
- Water and electricity dont mix. Dont leave appliances plugged
in where they might come into contact with water. If a plugged-in appliance
falls into the water, NEVER reach in to pull it out -- even if its turned
off. Unplug it first.