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Delmarva Power Reminds Customers to Decorate Safely

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

NEWARK, Del. – With the winter holiday season here, many people will rely on electricity to decorate their homes and businesses. To ensure the season is celebrated safely, Delmarva Power offers the following electrical and fire safety tips:

  • When decorating outside, make certain you and any objects you may be carrying, such as a ladder, do not come into contact with power lines. Carry ladders and other equipment parallel to the ground.
  • Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant tree decorations.
  • If using a live or cut tree, water the tree daily and remember to keep it away from fireplaces and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry trees out quickly, creating fire hazards.
  • Look for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees and/or electrical connections.
  • Inspect electrical decorations before using them and replace any that are damaged.
  • Never use more than three standard–size sets of lights per single extension cord.
  • Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety by nationally recognized laboratories such as Underwriter's Laboratory (UL).
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
  • To avoid injuries, be sure to follow directions carefully when using artificial snow sprays.
  • Turn off all electrical decorations before going to bed or when leaving your house or business.
  • Consider replacing traditional holiday lighting with light emitting diode (LED) lights. LEDs generate little or no heat, can last up to ten times longer and use up to 95% less energy. It’s estimated that operating 2,500 LED holiday lights for six hours would cost about ten cents.

For more information about staying safe around electricity, visit www.delmarva.com.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.