O&R offers Halloween electric safety tips

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:42

    PEARL RIVER — Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc. urges customers to use caution when installing electric-powered decorations in preparation for Halloween, and offers some basic advice to help keep families safe. With Halloween props ranging from pumpkin-shaped lights to full-sized animated figures, electricity plays a prominent role in the celebration. O&R offered the following safety tips in a press release: Make sure that all Halloween lights carry the seal of approval of a recognized safety-testing laboratory such as “UL” and “FM.” Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety precautions when installing lights or assembling displays. Prior to re-using electric devices that you have kept in storage, inspect for worn or frayed areas, breaks or brittleness, particularly at plugs and connections. Replace defective lights and cords. To avoid electric overloads, use extension cords sparingly. Use only exterior-rated extension cords when connecting outdoor displays, including fixtures, cords and bulbs. Avoid running cords under rugs, through doorways or near furniture where they may be stepped on tripped over, frayed or broken. Do not place cords around or near metal pipes, appliances or anything that is damp or metallic. Disconnect electric cords before replacing burned-out bulbs or making any adjustments. Do not turn on lighting or other electric displays or leave them on without the supervision of a responsible adult. Install or adjust outdoor lighting displays only during dry weather and be certain the devices are turned off before they are installed.