Important Electrical Safety during the Holidays

Below are some important safety tips for staying safe this holiday season when decorating your home. For more information on electrical safety to help yourself and your family members stay safe in your home – please visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International at:

  • Make sure all extension cords and electrical decorations are marked for proper use.
  • Inspect all lights, decorations, and extension cords for damage before using.
  • Turn off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations before leaving home or going to sleep.
  • Outdoor electric lights and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
  • Exercise caution when decorating near power lines. Keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet from power lines.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many decorations or electrical devices. They can overheat and cause a fire.
  • Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights together.
  • Keep all decorations at least 3 feet away from heating equipment or an open flame.
  • Water your Christmas tree daily.
  • Purchase electrical decorations from reputable retailers and that are approved by a national recognized testing lab such as UL (Underwriters Laboratory), Intertek (ETL), or Canadian Standards Association (CSA).