Electrical Safety Authority

Electrical Safety Authority

November 28, 2008 09:00 ET

The Electrical Safety Authority Warns the Public to Light up Safely with Electrical Holiday Decorations

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2008) - It is the time when we are preparing to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family. In the hustle and bustle the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) reminds consumers to "Light-Up Safely" when using electrical decorations.

Before you start to decorate you should:

- Check electrical cords and products that have been stored - if these are damaged they should be replaced.

- Carefully read manufacturer's instructions - in most cases no more than 3 light strings can be safely connected together.

- Never remove the third-prong from any electrical product - this is a "grounding pin" that works to prevent electric shock in the event of electrical equipment failure.

- Avoid overloading circuits with plugs and extension cords - this can create overheating that could result in a fire. (fuses that frequently blow, or circuits that frequently trip, can be a sign of overloading)

- Plug your outdoor decorations into a receptacle that is protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) - these are designed to cut off the flow of electricity to avoid shock hazards if a ground fault occurs. Portable GFCIs can now be purchased by homeowners and are recommended for outdoor decorating.

- Look up, identify and stay clear of overhead powerlines when decorating.

If you are purchasing new electrical holiday decorations ensure that these are:

- Properly rated for the installation you are planning - decorations are designed for either indoor or outdoor applications.

- Bear the mark of an accredited certification agency - these are listed at www.easafe.com. ESA encourages consumers to purchase decorations from well known and established retail outlets.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Electrical Safety Authority
    Cathy Chernysh
    Communication Director
    (905) 712-5371
    or
    Electrical Safety Authority
    James Fraser
    Technical Advisor Central Region
    (905) 712-7871