Every Thanksgiving, after the turkey has been devoured and families settle down for an evening of parades and football, many people begin to think about how they’ll decorate their homes and businesses for the holiday season. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds customers that while holiday lighting truly adds to the season, it can also significantly increase the potential for fire risk, injury and electric shock if the proper precautions aren’t followed while decorating. Adding to possible safety risks, older, non-energy-efficient lighting can severely impact customers’ power bills.
“We’re asking our customers to please be safe while trimming the tree and decking the halls over the next few weeks,” said Laurie Giammona, PG&E’s chief customer officer. “Brightening our communities with holiday lights is a great tradition, but we need everyone to be aware of their surroundings to avoid electric hazards and to prevent fires. Our safety tips are simple to follow and help make sure everyone has a safe and joyful holiday.”
To ensure that customers remain safe throughout the holiday, PG&E offers the following safety tips that customers can use as they decorate for the season.