For Immediate Release
For Immediate ReleaseDecember 8, 2003
Using holiday lights is a popular and inexpensive means for decorating this time of year; in fact, on average, it costs Pepco customers just 3.5 cents to operate three, 100-bulb strands of mini-lights for four hours. However, Pepco reminds customers that a quick check of lights and decorations before installation can provide peace of mind and a safe holiday.
"One of the most important things you can do is check each set of lights, old or new, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, loose connections, and loose or missing bulbs that need to be replaced," said David Nagy, Pepco's Manager of Safety Services. "You should also look for a label stating that the lights were tested by a recognized testing laboratory and check the light sets for fuses that guard against overload."
Nagy also stresses the importance of using lights only as directed by the manufacturer - for example, indoor lights for inside use. Individuals should be sure to read instructions provided with each holiday lighting package and store with the decorations for reference the following year. "You also want to use only extension cords that are rated to carry the electrical loads connected to them," Nagy continued.
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