Halloween is the most festively frightening night of the year. Here are some safety reminders to keep it more festive than frightening:
• As you’re decorating, make sure you check for cracked sockets; frayed, loose or bare wires; and loose connections.
• Fasten all outdoor lights securely to trees and other firm supports. Do not use nails or tacks that could puncture the insulating cords and damage the wires.
• Make sure decorative lighting is well-ventilated, protected from weather and a safe distance from anything flammable like dry leaves and shrubs. Do not coil power cords or extension cords while in use or tuck under rugs or drapes.
• Make sure all outdoor electrical lights and decorations are plugged into an outlet protected with a ground fault circuit interrupter. If your outlets aren’t equipped with GFCIs, have an electrician install them or buy a GFCI adapter plug.
• Don’t overload outlets with too many extension cords and strands of lights.
• Keep the cords off the walkways and porch where trick-or-treaters will tread. You don’t want them to trip.
• Leave your porch light on for trick-or-treaters, and be sure to turn out all the spooky lights and decorations before leaving home or going to bed. This will also save energy.
Source: Be ‘Willie’ Wise..WITH ELECTRICITY; a publication of Indiana’s electric cooperative community, featuring Willie Wiredhand.
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