Update on December 12, 2012
It's the holiday season, and with it comes Christmas trees, decorations, and that awkward moment when Dad tries to string the lights across the roof. As many of you decorate your homes this week, it's important to remember that, if not done responsibly, the holidays can be hazardous. PG&E wants to ensure that you and your family have a safe and happy holiday with these easy safety tips:
•Try to use mainly LED lights (they are safe to touch and greatly reduce the risk of fire) and always turn off decorative lights when leaving the house and before going to bed.
•Follow the manufacturer's limits for the number of light strings that can be connected together safely and check that there are no cracked or broken plugs, frayed insulation, or bare wires.
•Do not place your tree near a heat source (such as a fireplace or heat vent).
•Before stringing outdoor lights make sure they are approved for outdoor use and will stay at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
For more helpful tips and information about holiday safety, visit PG&E's website (http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/newsreleases/20121203/avoid_dangers_of_holiday_lights_with_safety_tips_from_pge_.shtml).
And help your friends and loved ones to also have a safe and emergency-free holiday season by inviting them to make a game plan (http://www.causes.com/causes/787367-pacific-gas-and-electric-company/actions/1696030?open_inviter=true) for their households!