O&R Offers Halloween Electric Safety Tips

O&R advises customers to use caution when installing electric-powered decorations, lighting or displays in preparation for Halloween, and offers some basic advice to help keep families safe.

With Halloween props ranging from pumpkin-shaped lights to giant-sized animated figures, electricity plays a prominent role in the celebration. O&R offers these safety tips:

  • Make sure that all Halloween lights carry the seal of approval of a recognized safety-testing laboratory such as “UL” and “FM”.
  • Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety precautions when installing lights or assembling displays.
  • Prior to re-using electric devices that you have kept in storage, inspect for worn or frayed areas, breaks or brittleness, particularly at plugs and connections. Replace defective lights and cords.
  • To avoid electric overloads, use extension cords sparingly.
  • Use only exterior-rated extension cords when connecting outdoor displays, including fixtures, cords and bulbs.
  • Avoid running cords under rugs, through doorways or near furniture where they may be stepped on tripped over, frayed or broken.
  • Do not place cords around or near metal pipes, appliances or anything that is damp or metallic.
  • Disconnect electric cords before replacing burned-out bulbs or making any adjustments.

Do not turn on lighting or other electric displays or leave them on without the supervision of a responsible adult.

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