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Posted on: December 17, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Holiday Safety Reminder

The holiday season is the most popular time for home decoration, and JCP&L hopes everyone will enjoy this festive season while also remembering a few tips to help ensure the holidays remain safe.

Outdoor Lighting Safety
• Check all lights for frayed wires or areas where insulation has pulled away from plugs or sockets.

• Discard and replace any damaged light strings.

• Ensure that tacks or nails used to hold light strings do not pierce any insulation on wires or light sockets.

• Use only extension cords that are approved for outdoor use. These cords must meet rigorous safety standards that indoor cords may not meet.

• Outdoor lights, inflatables and other decorations should be plugged into outlets protected by ground fault interrupters.

• Place outdoor lights on a timer or turn them off before you go to bed.

Indoor Lighting Safety
• Inspect all light strings and cords for any damage, including frayed wires or insulation that has pulled away from light sockets or plugs. Also check for chewing or scratching damage if you have pets in the house.

• Discard and replace any damaged light strings.

• Live trees should be kept well-watered.

• No more than three strings of standard indoor lights should be connected to any extension cord.

• Make sure cords are placed where they won’t be stepped on, kinked or pose a tripping hazard.

• Lights should not be permitted to touch drapes, furniture or carpeting.

• Lights should be turned off overnight and when no one is home.

Additional holiday safety information is available at https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/using-electricity/holiday-decorating.html.

For more details about keeping safe around electricity, local groups can request a presentation through the FirstEnergy Speakers Bureau.
For more information, contact speakersbureau@firstenergycorp.com.

From Millburn Fire Department

NFPA ISSUES FIRE SAFETY WARNINGS ON HOVER BOARDS
December 16, 2015 – Citing media coverage of several recent fire incidents, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today issued a series of safety tips urging hover board owners to read product guidelines and be aware of potential fire hazards when using these trendy devices.
“It seems hover boards are the hottest holiday gifts on the planet this year. A number of media outlets reporting fire incidents is cause for caution to avoid Christmas wishes going up in smoke,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. Part toy, part transportation, the self-balancing scooters first seen in the movie Back to the Future, can pose a fire risk.
Carli said NFPA has received requests for hover board fire safety tips and any relevant information on Lithium-Ion batteries. “These are fairly new to the mass market and there isn’t a lot we know about them. The best advice we can offer is to read all manufacturer’s guidelines - particularly those that apply to charging hover boards – and to follow some additional fire safety guidelines.”
NFPA offers the following tips to keep the holidays fire-safe. There is also a customizable safety tip sheet.
If you purchase a hover board:
• Choose a device with the seal of an independent testing laboratory.
• Read and follow all manufacturer directions.
• An adult should be responsible for charging the hover board.
• Do not leave a charging hover board unattended.
• Never leave the hover board plugged in overnight.
• Only use the charging cord that came with the hover board.
• Stop using your hover board if it overheats.
• Extreme hot or cold temperature can hurt the battery.
• Be on the lookout for product updates from manufacturers and safety groups.
• Many airlines have banned hover boards. If you plan to fly with a hover board, be sure to check with your air carrier.
• When riding in a car, keep the hover board where you can see it in case it shows signs of a problem.

Signs of a Problem:
Some hover board fires have involved the Lithium-Ion battery or charger. Signs you may have a problem:
• Leaking fluids
• Excessive heat
• Odor
• Sparking
• Smoke

If you notice any of these signs, stop using the device right away. Call 9-1-1.
If safe to do so, move the hover board outside away from anything that can burn.
If you have had a fire or injury event involving a hover board, contact the Millburn Fire Prevention Bureau at 973-564-7041 and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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