Don’t be spooked by electricity this Halloween

Posted on Oct 04 2020 in Steuben County REMC
Jack o' lantern

It’s fun to make your home look spooky at Halloween, and many enjoy decorating for trick-or-treaters just as much as they enjoy decking the halls for Christmas. Here are some quick tips you’ll want to consider for your own displays include:

  • Make sure that all decorations used outdoors are marked for “outdoor use.”
  • Inspect decorations carefully to make sure that cords aren’t frayed and connections aren’t loose.
  • Use extension cords that are approved for outdoor use, and make sure they are long enough to safely reach displays. Avoid connecting multiple cords. If you have to put two cords together, tape the connection to keep moisture out.
  • Don’t put decorations on or around electrical equipment such as transformer boxes or power poles.
  • Any electrical decoration used outside should be plugged into an outlet with a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).