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Tips for a safe and happy holiday season By Jus n LaBerge, NRECA T


he holidays are upon us. For many, that means more celebra ons with friends


and family, travel, decora ons, cooking and shopping. Northeast Oklahoma Electric wants you to stay safe during the holidays, so here are a few  ps to consider as you gear up for the season.


We can’t guarantee that the hustle and bustle of the season won’t leave you with a few frayed nerves, but we can certainly help you avoid frayed wires.


Inspect your seasonal items Many of us have treasured holiday mementos that we bring out of storage and proudly display every year. The holidays are also a  me when we dust off specialized cooking gadgets that allow us to prepare our favorite seasonal treats. These items are o en handed down through genera ons and might lack modern safety features.


Take a few moments to carefully inspect all your holiday items to ensure everything is in safe, working order. A few things to look out for include:


• Bri le insula on on wires • Rodent damage to wires • Chafed or frayed wires, especially at stress points


• Worn switches with the poten al to short circuit


• Corroded metal parts • Broken legs, unstable bases and other  p- over hazards


Extension cords are temporary When you asked your teacher for an extension on your term paper, it was a one- me thing,


right? The same holds true for extension cords. They are designed for temporary use and should never be used as a permanent or long- term solu on.


Never defeat safety devices There are reasons why some devices have fuses, some plugs have three prongs instead of two and one prong is wider than the other on two-prong outlets. When those safety features get in the way of your grand holiday decor plans, you might be tempted to tamper with or defeat those features. Don’t do it! If your plugs won’t fi t together, that means they’re not designed to work together. Rather than tampering with a safety feature, fi nd a safe solu on.


Look up and live When working outside with a ladder, be mindful of the loca on of overhead power lines. Always carry your ladder so that it is parallel to the ground. Before placing your ladder in an upright posi on, look around to ensure you are a safe distance from any power lines.


Beware of power lines through trees Over  me, tree branches can grow around power lines running along the street and to your home. If those branches come in contact with power lines, they can become energized, too. If your holiday plans call for stringing lights through trees, this can create a safety hazard. If you no ce tree limbs that are too close to electric lines, contact Northeast Oklahoma Electric.


Stay away from your service connection


The overhead wire bringing power from the u lity pole to your house is dangerous. You should treat this line the same way you’d treat any other power line on our system. Maintain a safe distance – even if that means a small gap in the perfect gingerbread house outline of lights.


Read the fine print If you take a few minutes to read and understand the specifi ca ons and limita ons of your lights and other electrifi ed holiday decora ons, you can save yourself a great deal of work and frustra on in the long run. For example, the tag at the end of an extension cord will tell you if it’s rated for outdoor use, whether it will remain fl exible in cold temperatures and how much energy it can safely handle. Similarly, holiday lights will tell you how many strings can be safely linked together.


Don’t forget about the kids…and pets If you have small children, you’ve probably spent a great deal of  me making sure every square inch of your home is childproof. Every cabinet is locked and every outlet is covered. But some mes the joy of celebra ng the holidays with our li le ones makes us a li le less vigilant about electrical safety. Make sure your holiday decor receives the same level of safety scru ny you apply to all of the permanent items in your home. Curious and mischievous pets can present similar challenges. Make sure Fluff y isn’t nibbling on all those extra wires or using your tree as her personal back scratcher or jungle gym.


Our offi ces will be closed December 24, 25, and January 1 to allow employees to enjoy the holidays with family and friends.


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