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For Immediate Release


Pepco Encourages Customers to Decorate Safely

WASHINGTON - The winter holiday season is here and many people are stringing electric lights to decorate their homes and businesses. To safely celebrate the season, Pepco offers the following tips:

  • Inspect electrical decorations before using them and replace any that are damaged.
  • When decorating outside, make certain you, and any objects you may be carrying, such as a ladder, do not come into contact with power lines. Carry ladders and other equipment parallel to the ground.
  • Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant tree decorations.
  • If using a live or cut tree, water the tree daily and remember to keep it away from fireplaces and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry trees out quickly, creating fire hazards.
  • Look for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees and/or electrical connections.
  • Never use more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
  • Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety by nationally recognized laboratories such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
  • To avoid injuries, be sure to follow directions carefully when using artificial snow sprays.
  • Turn off all electrical decorations before going to bed or when leaving your house or business.
  • Consider replacing traditional holiday lighting with light-emitting diode (LED) lights. LEDs generate little or no heat, can last up to 10 times longer and use less energy.

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Pepco, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), delivers safe, reliable and affordable electric service to more than 778,000 customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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