December 04, 2000 December 4, 2000 ROSEMEAD, Calif., Dec. 4, 2000-Southern California Edison encourages its customers to help keep the holidays safe and bright by following these basic electrical safety tips: When installing holiday lighting, avoid overloading a single wall outlet or extension cord, which could cause an electric circuit to fail resulting in a fire. Make sure all holiday lights are UL (Underwriters Laboratories) listed. The UL certification is recognized worldwide as a standard for product safety and quality. Check all light strands for broken sockets, frayed cords and loose connections. If these conditions are found, replace the strands with new ones. Connect no more than three sets of holiday lights to a single extension cord. Do not change bulbs or fuses while light sets are plugged in. Keep lights away from carpeting, furniture, drapes, and other combustible materials. To prevent an organic holiday tree from becoming a fire hazard, check the water level daily. A newly cut tree can absorb a gallon or more of water per day. When hanging outdoor lights, make sure tacks are not hammered through the electric cords. Only lights designed for outdoor use should be used outside the home. Keep electrical connections off the ground and away from standing water. For added safety, make sure holiday lights are unplugged before you go to bed or leave home. In addition, SCE offers consumers the following safety tips when using portable generators: Install and use equipment according to electrical codes and manufacturers' instructions. Always operate generators in well-ventilated areas. When plugging appliances directly into a temporary portable generator, carefully follow instructions. Never attempt to connect a generator to house wiring or to a utility line. State law requires that you notify SCE if you have a portable generator that can be connected to your electrical wiring. To do so, call (800) 655-4555 and ask for an Electric Generator Notification Card. # # # An Edison International company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving a population of more than 11 million via 4.3 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within central, coastal and Southern California.