PG&E holiday safety tips

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds customers enjoying the winter holidays to stay safe and warm with these simple holiday safety tips:

Five Holiday Safety Tips

1. Start with a Clean Oven to reduce the risk of a grease fire and better tasting food this holiday—and if you start clean there is less to do after your meal.

2. Plug in Smart by using three-pronged plugs and not overloading an outlet with all your holiday lights—you can also use timers to save on your energy bill.

3. Check the Connections to all gas appliances before your company arrives expecting cookies—taking the time now will keep your family safe and warm as demand on these appliances increases.

4. Clear the Range from anything flammable including dish towels, pot holders and recipe cards—this is one of the easiest yet most important safety steps you can take to protect your home from fire.

5. Have an Emergency Plan for more than just burning the turkey—create a household emergency preparedness plan and share the plan with house guests this holiday season.

PG&E also recognizes its men and women who will be working through the Thanksgiving holiday, keeping lights on and gas flowing for customers gathering with friends and family across Northern and Central California service territory.

“We’re grateful for the tireless work of the women and men who will put on their hardhats and safety vests instead of sitting down with their families this holiday season,” said Tim Fitzpatrick, PG&E’s chief communications officer. “We often take for granted that our ovens and lights turn on safely when we flip the switch, and as we all stop to say thank you, we at PG&E want to express our gratitude to those employees who help make this possible.”

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Also, since so many of us will work off the turkey by decorating our homes for Christmas, here are some holiday lighting safety tips

· Avoid electric hazards. Before climbing ladders to string outdoor lights, check for overhead power lines nearby, especially in trees. Contact can be fatal.

· Prevent fire hazards. Avoid overloading extension cords and wall sockets by limiting the number of light strings you connect. Inspect holiday lights for frayed wires, broken sockets or other signs of wear. Don’t place cords under rugs or furniture where they can overheat. Turn off decorative lights, indoors and outdoors, when leaving home or going to bed.

Go LED. Light-emitting diodes are shatterproof and produce almost no heat, making them safe to touch and greatly reducing the risk of fire. As an added bonus, they consume 75 percent less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, helping you save money this holiday season.

- PG&E