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SRP Stresses Safety with Holiday Lighting, Decorations
As the Valley’s largest electric provider, SRP is encouraging customers to stay safe this holiday season as they plug in holiday decorative lights, surge protectors and extension cords. Each year, hundreds of homes are damaged or destroyed by fires that start with overloaded circuits, Christmas trees or holiday lights, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
“The most important thing our customers can do to be safe this season is to check all of holiday lights and power cords before plugging in to make sure they are in proper, working condition,” said Juana Hernandez, with SRP Safety Connection. SRP offers free materials to learn more about electric safety. Visit srpnet.com/safety to request materials or for more tips.
Hernandez is available to provide tips with props (including lights, surge protectors, timers, etc.) during TV morning shows.
Below are some tips to remember:
- Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, loose connections or frayed or bare wires. Discard all damaged cords.
- Use only indoor and outdoor lights that have been tested for safety and are certified with the Underwriter's Laboratories (UL) label.
- To hook up your outdoor lighting, use a three-prong grounded extension cord with the UL label.
- Always unplug tree lights and decorative outdoor lighting before leaving the house or going to bed.
- Indoor and outdoor automatic lighting timers can be used to ensure that lights are not left on by mistake.
- Check that cords are not exposed to water due to sprinklers or irrigation.
- Keep electric cords out of high-traffic areas.