Pre-Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

Tree Outlet Overloaded
Planning is essential to reducing stress during this holiday season. ARC Electric Company can’t help you manage your budgets, guests, and traveling; we can help you plan for safe holiday decorations!
 
*If you haven’t already done so this month, test all smoke alarms. Replace the batteries, or alarm if it is not working properly.
 
*Inspect all electrical decorations and replace any that are cracked, frayed, or have other breaks in the insulation of any wires.
 
*Plan out the placement of your holiday lighting so that no more than three strands are strung together (unless using LEDs).
 
*Outdoor electric lights and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
 
*Be sure to check each product label or packaging to determine whether it is intended for indoors or outdoors and use accordingly.
 
*Arrange your decorations so that no outlet is overloaded and no cords will be pinched by furniture or positioned under rugs.
 
*Be sure all heating sources or open flames, such as a candle or fireplace, are given a three foot buffer from any decorations.

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