As the holidays approach, Seattle City Light wants all of its customers to celebrate the season in a safe, efficient manner. Here are a few electrical safety tips that you can use to ensure you and your family have a safe and festive holiday season.
- Clean your electric oven and stove top before you plan your feast for the holidays. Built up grease or dust on electric and gas stove tops, as well as inside the oven, can become a fire hazard.
- Check to see if you have ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in places where water can come in contact with plugs. GFCIs are placed on most bathroom outlets and can detect ground currents or leakage currents that could shock someone. Learn more about these outlets and how to test them here.
- Before setting up any holiday lights or outside decor, make sure your extension cords and electric decorations are designed for outdoor use. Devices will be clearly marked for outdoor use, otherwise play it safe and keep them indoors. And again – make sure your outlets are protected by GFCIs.
- Even if a cord is designed for outdoor use, keep them out of standing water. Water and electricity are a never a good mix and should always be avoided.
- Do not staple or nail electric extension cords. There are many damage-free cord clips that can secure cords to walls and baseboards.
- Never leave electrical decorations turned on when you are asleep or away from your home. The lights look beautiful in the night, but it isn’t worth the very real fire risk.
- Make sure that your outlets are not overloaded with decor or cooking appliances. Attaching too many devices can cause overheating and lead to an outlet fire.
- If you have a live Christmas tree, make sure you water it every day and dispose of it when it dries up. Christmas tree fires cause more than $17 million in damage every year.
- As always, be careful of the power lines! Your extravagant decor should always stay far away from any power lines.
- The last, but most important tip: HAVE FUN! Holidays are a great time to enjoy with your family and friends.
Remember these important tips as you continue to celebrate the holiday season.
For additional tips and resources, visit Seattle City Light’s Electrical Safety website.
With the holidays right around the corner, Seattle City Light urges you to join us in celebrating the season in an energy-efficient, cost efficient way!
Here are a few tips from us to you on reducing electricity consumption through the holiday season:
- Got company? Large get-togethers can quickly lead to increased energy consumption. Turn your thermostat down when hosting large parties – the extra body heat will provide enough warmth!
- Turn off the lights in your room when the Christmas tree is lit. The tree provides enough lighting on its own, and also adds to the Christmas mood!
- Dress warmer at home when the days get cooler. This is much less expensive and more efficient than turning on your thermostat.
- What’s a better way to enjoy the holiday season than turning off your electronics and spending quality time with your family?
- With all the food you’ll be cooking during the holiday season, make sure you’re saving electricity by not opening the oven door to check on your food unless necessary. Don’t let the heat escape the oven!
- Using an electric mattress pad or blanket is cheaper than heating your entire bedroom.
- Insulate your home. Plug up any leaks or cracks in your house, and replace your windows with energy-efficient models. Keep your home nice and cozy!
- Leaving for winter break? Most electronics use electricity even when they are turned off. Hook up your electronics to a smart power strip so you can completely turn off your electronics when not in use.
- Want to get into the holiday spirit by hanging up string lights? Opt for LED string lights – They use 90 percent less energy than traditional string lights!
- LASTLY – Feeling creative? Decorate your house with luminaries instead of string lights!
As the holiday season grows near, neighborhoods across the country are already well into their annual transformation into festivals of lights. From inflatable snowmen in front yards to houses decorated top to bottom with lights, there is no escaping the holiday cheer. We’ve even seen an aluminum tree bathed in rotating colored lights displayed in all its 1970s disco glory right here in Seattle.
While we appreciate a dash of retro spirit so Santa can get down with his bad elf self, Seattle City Light, the nation’s greenest utility, encourages you to join us in celebrating a LED filled holiday season.
Making the switch to LED light bulbs provides a sturdier, longer lasting and easier-to-install alternative to incandescent lights. These energy efficient light-emitting diodes use 75 percent less energy than incandescent lights, making them the greenest choice; regardless of the color you choose. Using less energy will save you money. Additionally, these lights put out less heat making them not only the smarter choice, but the safer one too.
If you’re organized and already put up your display, now is the time to plan ahead for next season. The best time to buy LED holiday lights starts Dec. 26 so .