Stay Safe While Preparing for and Celebrating the Holidays

  Stay Safe While Preparing for and Celebrating the Holidays

  Southern California Edison Offers Tips to Avoid Injuries and Fire Hazards

Business Wire

ROSEMEAD, Calif. -- November 13, 2012

As store shelves fill up with holiday lights and decorations, families and
friends are preparing to celebrate the festive season.

And as they get together to celebrate, Southern California Edison (SCE) has a
simple message: don’t let potential fire hazards such as frayed cords and
unsafe conditions like broken lights ruin the festivities.

“During the holiday season, it’s easy to get distracted with all the things
you need to prepare around your home for your family and guests. Taking short
cuts may seem to save time, but it’s important not to rush and be safe,” said
William Messner, SCE’s manager, Corporate Health and Safety. “We want all our
customers to enjoy the holidays, so we urge them to be aware of potential
risks associated with decorating such as falling off ladders, fires and
electrical hazards.”

Close to 83 percent of people decorate their homes as part of the winter
holidays, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. And the
most common winter holiday decorations are lighted Christmas trees (83
percent), indoor decorations using electric lights (63 percent) and outdoor
light decorations (58 percent).

From 2005-2009, an annual average of 240 home fires started with Christmas
trees, resulting in 13 deaths, 27 injuries, and $16.7 million in property
damage. About 5,800 people each year are treated in hospital emergency rooms
for falls associated with holiday decorations. More than half of these
injuries were caused by falls from ladders or roofs while decorating outdoors.

During this holiday season, SCE has a few helpful tips:

  *Do not use decorative lighting with frayed cords and wires, broken fuses
    or broken light bulbs.
  *Do not use staples, nails or tacks to hang electrical cords. These can
    pierce the protective insulation.
  *Plug no more than three strands of lights into each electrical cord or
  *Never use lighted candles on or near holiday trees or decorations.
  *Use wooden or fiberglass ladders when decorating outdoors. Metal ladders
    conduct electricity.

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About Southern California Edison

An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one
of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14
million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area
within Central, Coastal and Southern California.


Southern California Edison
Caroline Aoyagi-Stom, (626) 302-2255
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