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Make Your Holidays Merry - and Safe

As your locally-owned and operated utility, we want to help you use energy wisely as you celebrate the holiday season. Here are some tips:

  • Each string of holiday lights should be checked before use. Strings with frayed cords, damaged plugs or light sockets should be discarded.

  • Use lights according to their intended purpose. Do not use indoor lights outdoors they may not be waterproof and could present a safety issue. Some lights are approved for both indoor and outdoor use.

  • Use only lights and extension cords approved by Underwriters Laboratory (UL). The packaging will clearly state UL-approved or UL-listed.

  • Extension cords are for temporary indoor use. Keep them away from moisture, heat and metal pipes. Never put them under rugs they can become frayed or cracked.

  • Do not overload electrical outlets and circuits. Connect decorative lights to power strips that have a built-in circuit breaker.

  • Remember to unplug indoor lights when you go to bed.

  • Always turn off holiday lights before you leave home.

  • Keep trees, boxes and wrapping paper away from heat sources.

  • Remind children never to touch lights or plugs with wet hands.
Season's Greetings and Happy New Year from Waupun Utilities!