SRP stresses safety with holiday lighting, decorations

Electric provider Salt River Project officials want to help its customers stay safe this holiday season as they bring out the decorative lights bulbs, surge protectors and extension cords to celebrate the holidays.

Each year, fire departments across the country respond to hundreds of home structure fires that begin with Christmas trees or holiday lights, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

“It’s important to remember to check your lights and power cords as you decorate your homes to make sure they are in proper, working condition,” Juana Hernandez, with SRP Safety Connection, said in a press release. SRP offers free materials to learn more about electric safety. Visit to request materials or for more tips.

Below are some tips to remember:
•Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, loose connections or frayed or bare wires. Discard all damaged cords.
•Indoors or out, use only lights that have been tested for safety. The lights should have the Underwriter’s Laboratories label.
•To hook up your outdoor lighting, use a three-prong grounded extension cord with the UL label.
•Unplug tree lights and decorative outdoor lighting before leaving the house or going to bed.
•Automatic lighting timers can be used to ensure that lights are not left on by mistake. These are available for both indoor and outdoor use.

The Queen Creek Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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