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Holiday Electrical Safety

'Tis the season for decking the halls and lighting up the tree!

Part of the fun and festivity of the holiday season is decorating your home with a beautiful display of electric lights. However, electrical accidents typically increase during the holiday season. 

Your Missouri Electric Cooperatives wants all our Member-Owners to have a fun and safe holiday. So, keep in mind these important precautions to keep your season merry and bright!

  • Never throw holiday lights or other decorations into trees near power lines.
  • Do not staple or nail through light strings or electrical cords, and do not attach cords to utility poles.
  • Be especially careful when working near power lines attached to your house. Keep ladders, equipment, and yourself at least ten feet from all power lines.
  • Match plugs with outlets. Do not force a three-pronged plug into a twopronged outlet or extension cord.
  • Make sure extension cords are in good condition, are UL-approved, and rated to carry the electrical load you connect to them.
  • Do not let children or pets play with light strings or electrical decorations.
  • Cords used outdoors should be plugged into outlets equipped with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs).
  • Avoid decorating outside on windy or wet days. Choose to decorate in favorable weather conditions and during daylight hours.
  • Always unplug lights before going to bed or leaving your home.

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