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Sierra Pacific Offers Holiday Lighting Tips

Nov 19, 2003

Sierra Pacific Power Company
Contact: Gary Aldax
Phone: (775) 834-5508

For Immediate Release

Sierra Pacific Power reminds customers to practice safety when hanging lights this holiday season. The following simple electrical safety tips will help when decorating with lights:

  • Only use light and extension cords labeled as safe for outdoor use.
  • Use one longer extension cord instead of linking several shorter ones together.
  • Keep metal ladders away from overhead power lines.
  • Avoid stapling or nailing electrical cords because it may damage insulation.
  • To prevent falls, keep extension cords off the walkways.
  • When stringing lights, either inside or outside, always unplug the cord first.
  • Be careful not to overload an electrical outlet. Overloading can cause overheating and lead to a fire.
  • Do not use two-prong adapters in three prong outlets.
  • Before leaving home, or going to bed, always turn off all decorative lights.
  • Make sure outdoor electrical outlets have shock- protecting, ground fault circuit interrupters, especially around metallic and wet surfaces.
  • Check for cut or frayed wiring on extension cords and light strings. Do not use if damaged.
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