ATCO Electric Yukon wishes you a holiday season that is merry and bright. During the holidays and always, please remember to use electricity safely. And, with winter in full force, it's also important to be prepared in case of a power outage. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday season:
Holiday decorating safety tips:
• Decking the halls? Use electricity safely – remember to inspect all cords and lights before use and replace any that are damaged or old.
• Protect cords from damage. To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, forced into small spaces such as doors or windows, placed under rugs, located near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples.
• Planning to add to, or replace, some of your holiday decorations this season? Always buy electrical products that display a label indicating it has undergone independent testing by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), and be sure to buy decorations according to your intended use: outdoors or indoors.
• When it comes to hanging outdoor lights, look up to ensure the ladder you are using is clear of any power lines.
• When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” This label indicates that the tree is more resistant to burning.
• Don’t use electrical ornaments or lights on artificial trees with metallic leaves or branch coverings. A faulty system could energize the tree and shock or electrocute anyone coming into contact. Illuminate metallic trees with coloured floodlights placed at a safe distance from the tree and out of reach.
• When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard than a dry tree.
• Do not use metallic ornaments on your tree. If they make contact with defective wiring they could become a shock hazard.
• Do not overload electrical outlets. Overloaded electrical outlets are a common cause of holiday fires. Avoid overloading outlets and plug only one high-wattage appliance into each outlet at a time.
• Turn off all indoor and outdoor holiday lighting before leaving the house or going to bed.
• Never allow children to play with lights, electrical decorations or cords.
Preparing for a Power Outage
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