PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the holiday season in full swing, PECO offers customers the
following tips for safe decorating.
Holiday Lighting Safety Tips
Only decorate with lights approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the number of strands of
lights that can be safely connected together.
Check all lights – new and old – for cracked or broken plugs, loose
connections or exposed (bare) wires. Discard damaged sets of lights.
Power down all decorative lights when going to bed or leaving the
Consider using energy-efficient LED lighting. LED products use up to
75 percent less energy, and are safer than traditional incandescent
Outdoor Lighting Safety Tips
Always be aware of all power lines when decorating outdoors. Never
work near overhead power lines or anywhere there is a possibility of
contacting an overhead power line – either directly or indirectly –
with a ladder or other piece of equipment. Do not string lights on
outdoor trees that are growing near or into power lines.
- Ensure decorative lights used outside are approved for outdoor use.
Hang outdoor lights with insulated staples or hooks instead of nails
Indoor Lighting Safety Tips
- Ensure cords inside your home do not pose a tripping hazard.
- Do not overload wall outlets or extension cords.
Do not place cords under rugs, furniture or appliances. Covered cords
can overheat, become frayed and cause a fire.
Keep all electric cords and extension cords out of the reach of
Ladder Safety Tips
- Maintain three points of contact when ascending or descending a ladder.
Do not work from the top two steps of any ladder and make sure that
the ladder’s feet are firmly set and square before climbing.
- If possible, have a spotter at the base of the ladder.
PECO wishes all of its customers a safe, happy and energy-efficient
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility
subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company’s 2,400
dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6
million electric and more than 506,000 natural gas customers in
southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2014 PECO delivered 89.9 billion cubic
feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and
had an estimated economic impact of $4.5 billion in Pennsylvania,
supporting more than 9,600 local jobs and producing $760 million in
labor income. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater
Philadelphia Region’s most active corporate citizens, providing
leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and
culture, education, environmental, economic development and community
programs and organizations. For more information visit PECO.com,
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