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HELCO Issues Tips For Holiday Lighting

Posted December 12, 2012, 11:59 PM HST
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In the interest of safety and energy efficiency, Hawaii Electric Light Co. has issued some tips for holiday lighting.

They include:

  • Buy only holiday lights certified as safe by an independent testing lab, such as UL or ETL.
  • Choose light strands that use LED bulbs or mini lights to reduce electricity use.
  • Check light strands for frayed wires, damaged sockets, cracked insulation or loose connections, and replace defective strands.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the number of light strings that can be safely connected together.
  • Do not overload extension cords.
  • Do not use staples or nails to hang light strands and do not string them on metal rain gutters, metal railings or chain link fences.
  • For outdoor lighting use only those that are rated for outdoor use.
  • Waterproof exposed outdoor electrical connections with electrical tape and keep the connections off the ground.
  • When hanging lights outdoors, keep yourself and your ladder at least ten feet away from power lines.
  • Plug outdoor electric displays and light strings into an outlet having a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
  • Turn off or unplug light strands before leaving home or going to bed.
  • After the holidays, store lights properly so they do not crimp and tangle. This also makes it makes it easier for use the following year.
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More information on electrical safety is available at www.helcohi.com.

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