Member newsletter for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative

Keep your holidays
merry and bright

Have a safe and happy time throughout the holiday season. Please stay safe with these simple tips.
  • When baking a turkey, stay in the home and check on it frequently.
  • When cooking on the stovetop, stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on the food.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • Make sure the Christmas tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.
  • Avoid using candles; they are a primary cause of house fires during the holidays.
  • Never nail, tack, or stress wiring when hanging lights; keep plugs off the ground away from puddles and snow.
  • In homes with small children and pets, avoid sharp or breakable decorations.
  • Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree.
  • For a live tree, make sure it always has an adequate amount of water, and keep it away from any heat source.
  • For an artificial tree, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label.
  • Use no more than three light sets on any extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping hazards.
  • Don’t use frayed or damaged electric cords, and never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
  • Turn off holiday lights when you go to bed or leave the house.