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Have a Merry -- and (Electrically) Safe -- Holiday

As the famous Carpenters' song goes, it's that time of year -- not only "when the world falls in love," but when there's an increased risk of electrical-related problems, from old extension cords fraying and causing electric shocks, to electric space heaters causing fires, to portable generators leading to carbon monoxide poisoning. Most of us manage to get through the holiday season and winter months without any such incidents, but consumers still need to be aware and take safety precautions when using electric equipment.

That's why each December the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) launches a month-long campaign holiday safety series. Check out the holiday decorating safety recommendations, as well as a holiday safety checklist. These resources are packed with valuable tips -- from how to inspect electrical decorations to maintaining a Christmas tree in fire-resistant condition. 

For more information from ESFI, visit its holiday safety web page.

Happy holidays!


Posted 12-23-2008 10:48 AM by Stephen Gold
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Joe Estrada wrote re: Have a Merry -- and (Electrically) Safe -- Holiday
on 08-15-2013 8:07 AM

The holiday season can be a dangerous time if people do not take safety precautions, including common sense, such as make sure that you put water under your Christmas tree a few times per week, check your extension cords, and outlets, and turn your holidays lights off when you go to bed or out of your home.

As a licensed electrician with many years in Orlando (www.delairelectrical.com), the amount of phone calls that we received increased during this time of year with electrical issues.

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