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 December 10, 2015 - 10:00 AM EST
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‘Tis the Season: PECO Reminds Customers to Decorate Safely for the Holidays

With the holiday season in full swing, PECO offers customers the following tips for safe decorating.

Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

  • Only decorate with lights approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the number of strands of lights that can be safely connected together.
  • Check all lights – new and old – for cracked or broken plugs, loose connections or exposed (bare) wires. Discard damaged sets of lights.
  • Power down all decorative lights when going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Consider using energy-efficient LED lighting. LED products use up to 75 percent less energy, and are safer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Outdoor Lighting Safety Tips

  • Always be aware of all power lines when decorating outdoors. Never work near overhead power lines or anywhere there is a possibility of contacting an overhead power line – either directly or indirectly – with a ladder or other piece of equipment. Do not string lights on outdoor trees that are growing near or into power lines.
  • Ensure decorative lights used outside are approved for outdoor use.
  • Hang outdoor lights with insulated staples or hooks instead of nails or tacks.

Indoor Lighting Safety Tips

  • Ensure cords inside your home do not pose a tripping hazard.
  • Do not overload wall outlets or extension cords.
  • Do not place cords under rugs, furniture or appliances. Covered cords can overheat, become frayed and cause a fire.
  • Keep all electric cords and extension cords out of the reach of children.

Ladder Safety Tips

  • Maintain three points of contact when ascending or descending a ladder.
  • Do not work from the top two steps of any ladder and make sure that the ladder’s feet are firmly set and square before climbing.
  • If possible, have a spotter at the base of the ladder.

PECO wishes all of its customers a safe, happy and energy-efficient holiday season!

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company’s 2,400 dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6 million electric and more than 506,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2014 PECO delivered 89.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and had an estimated economic impact of $4.5 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,600 local jobs and producing $760 million in labor income. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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Source: Business Wire (December 10, 2015 - 10:00 AM EST)

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