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Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are in full swing and people are showing their enthusiasm by decorating their houses. CenterPoint Energy wants to make sure you decorate safely this year by keeping these helpful tips in mind:

  • When installing outdoor holiday lighting, always check for overhead powerlines before you begin.
  • Never put up any holiday decorations near any overhead powerlines and always stay at least 10 feet away.
  • Follow all manufacturer instructions for holiday light installation.
  • When using a ladder, always check for overhead powerlines and never move a ladder that is extended or upright.
  • Never install or throw strings of lights into trees located near powerlines.
  • Never put holiday decorations on any utility poles or street lights.
  • Always use “UL” listed or similarly approved light string and extention cords.
  • Only plug outdoor decorations into outlets protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) to prevent shock.


GFCI examples
Portable indoor GFCI Indoor GFCI  Temporary outdoor GFCI
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indoor GFCI
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