SMECO newsletter

volume 65 - issue 11 - november 2015

Enjoy a safe and happy holiday season

It's time to celebrate the holidays again! SMECO wants you to have a safe and happy time throughout the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, please keep safety in mind. Here are a few simple tips to remember.

• Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree.

• In homes with small children and pets, take special care to avoid sharp or breakable decorations.

• If you have a live tree, make sure it always has an adequate amount of water, and keep it away from any source of heat.

• If you use an artificial tree, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label.

• Don't use frayed or damaged electric cords, and never use electric lights on a metallic tree.

• Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping hazards.

• Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

• Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.

• Turn off all holiday lights when you go to bed or leave the house.

• Avoid using candles; they are a primary cause of house fires during the holidays.

• Never nail, tack, or stress wiring when hanging lights, and keep plugs off the ground away from puddles and snow.

• When baking a turkey, stay in the home and check on it frequently.

• When cooking on the stovetop, stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on the food.

Your cooperative cares about your safety. Please have a safe and fun-filled holiday season.