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2014-12-03 - Don’t Overload Electrical Outlets This Holiday Season, Says Fire Officials

Day 3 of Charlottetown Fire Department 12 Days of Fire Safety Campaign

It’s the time of year when electric outlets and extension cords can be found in most homes with multiple plugs for Christmas tree lights, holiday-themed miniature villages and other seasonal décor. But the City of Charlottetown Fire Department is cautioning the public to be careful not to overload electrical outlets and extension cords.

To decorate safely, the Charlottetown Fire Department offers the following tips:

• Don’t pull the cord to unplug something from an electrical outlet. Use the gripping area provided on the plugs. Pulling the cord can damage the cord’s wire and insulation, which can lead to an electrical fire or shock;
• Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords;
• Make sure extension cords are used temporarily and not placed under rugs or across doorways;
• Follow the manufacturer's instructions for plugging in sets of mini lights (ie: connect no more than three strands together);.
• Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage device into each receptacle outlet at a time;
• Call a qualified electrician if outlets or switches feel warm or you have frequent problems with blown fuses, tripped circuits, or flickering/dimming lights

These tips are part of the Charlottetown Fire Department’s 12 Days of Fire Safety campaign to raise awareness of important fire safety and fire prevention measures leading into the holiday season.

The 12 Days of Fire Safety campaign was inspired by a similar initiative in Ontario. It will include public service announcements for twelve business days that outline fire prevention and fire safety tips. The announcements will be sent to local media as well as shared through www.charlottetown.ca/news.php and on social media via www.facebook.com/CityofCharlottetown and, on Twitter, @ChtownPE or @ChtownFire.

The daily tips will be shared from December 1-5, December 8-12 and December 15 and 16.

For more information on the Charlottetown Fire Department, visit: www.charlottetownfire.com


Media contact:

Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown

Thursday, Feb 22, 2018
City Hall
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