Dominion Offers Tips for Making Safety a Welcome Guest for the Holidays
- Look up, down, all around before stringing lights, decorations
- Inspect lights and discard if frayed, cracked or otherwise damaged
- No more than three standard-sized light sets per extension cord
Nov 30, 2010 8:00am
RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Holiday lighting can endow homes with warmth, grace and festivity to enhance the spirit of the season. To keep the holidays happy, Dominion Virginia Power reminds customers to keep safety in mind when installing and enjoying decorations.
"Safety is a gift that should be given and received throughout the year when working with electrical decorations and electricity, both indoors and outside," said Jerry Beverage, Dominion director of electrical safety and training. "This holiday season often involves outdoor lighting and the risks associated with installing electrical decorations, making it especially important to take safety precautions.
"It is important to look up, down and all around to identify electrical wires before beginning to install outdoor decorations. Make sure not to move or use a ladder anywhere near power lines, and be sure to contact Miss Utility of Virginia by calling 811 or 1-800-552-7001 at least 3 working days before beginning any digging project," Beverage said.
If you buy a live tree, check for its freshness. Fresh needles are hard to pull from branches and do not break when bent. The cut end of the tree is sticky with resin.
Place a live tree away from a fireplace, radiator or heat vent, since heat could dry out the tree. Cut about two inches off the trunk so that the tree absorbs water better, and place the tree in a sturdy stand kept filled with water. Don't leave the tree up longer than two weeks.
If you buy an artificial tree, look for a statement that the tree is fire resistant.
Inspect electrical cords for frayed wires or other signs of wear. Check wires periodically. Wires should not be warm to the touch.
Do not leave holiday lights or candles unattended.
Many more sources of safety information are available online.
Dominion (NYSE: D) is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,600 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system and serves retail energy customers in 13 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.