Nov 30, 2010
RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Holiday lighting can endow homes with warmth, grace and festivity to enhance the spirit of the season. To keep the holidays happy, Dominion Virginia Power reminds customers to keep safety in mind when installing and enjoying decorations.
"Safety is a gift that should be given and received throughout the year when working with electrical decorations and electricity, both indoors and outside," said Jerry Beverage, Dominion director of electrical safety and training. "This holiday season often involves outdoor lighting and the risks associated with installing electrical decorations, making it especially important to take safety precautions.
"It is important to look up, down and all around to identify electrical wires before beginning to install outdoor decorations. Make sure not to move or use a ladder anywhere near power lines, and be sure to contact Miss Utility of Virginia by calling 811 or 1-800-552-7001 at least 3 working days before beginning any digging project," Beverage said.
Dominion offers electrical safety tips for the home at www.dom.com, keyword "electrical safety." View a video demonstration of holiday safety tips below, or click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoFvKwno4bY
Follow these tips when buying and using holiday lights:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers "Holiday Decoration Safety Tips" at www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/611.pdf. These tips include:
Many more sources of safety information are available online.
Dominion (NYSE: D) is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,600 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system and serves retail energy customers in 13 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.
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SOURCE Dominion Virginia Power