HomeServe USA Recommends Simple Safety Precautions for Avoiding Electrical Hazards

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Leading Provider of Emergency Repair Plans offers holiday safety tips to homeowners

The holiday season is already upon us and with 80% of Americans decorating their homes* as part of winter holiday celebrations, there is an increased chance for electrical hazards, such as fires and electrical injuries. When decorating for the season, it is important to keep in mind several easy-to-follow safety precautions to protect the home from unexpected emergencies.

HomeServe USA offers some safety tips to protect your home this holiday season:

Keep extension cords and light strings clear of water and/or snow
When decorating outdoors, use only weather-resistant and heavy gauge extension cords that are labeled for outdoor use. Outdoor extension cords provide additional protection designed to withstand outdoor environments. Avoid placing extension cords near areas prone to accumulating rain and snow, as this may result in electric shock or burns if touched.

Avoid overloading electrical outlets
An electrical outlet can only provide a limited amount of electricity. Outlets that have too many plugs can overload the circuit or become susceptible to failing or worse, causing a fire. Simply unplugging one device and moving it to another outlet can significantly reduce this risk.

Inspect electrical cords for cracks and frays
Frayed or worn wiring is a major red flag when it comes to electrical devices. Electrical cords that are not in good condition should be immediately replaced as they can spark and increase the chances of fire, this is especially important when the cords may be next to holiday décor which may be flammable. Remember, if you are decorating a freshly cut tree; make sure it’s watered frequently.

Consider hiring a professional
The holiday decorating process can be intimidating for new homeowners and even the more experienced ones. Hiring an experienced professional may be ideal especially if a homeowner is looking to install multiple electrical fixtures outside their home.

For complete peace of mind during the holidays, HomeServe has a variety of emergency repair service plans available to homeowners and this month is offering its water service line protection plan to residents in Kansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Virginia.

For more information about HomeServe emergency protection plans, visit http://www.homeserveusa.com/

*2010 survey conducted by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)

About HomeServe
HomeServe USA Corp (HomeServe) is an independent provider of Emergency Repair Service Plans. The company was established in the US in 2003 and has grown to protect nearly 1.2 million homeowners across the US and Canada, against the expense and inconvenience of water, sewer, electrical and other home emergencies. HomeServe dedicates itself to being a customer-focused company providing best in class emergency repair plans for utility partners and customers. For more information about HomeServe, please go to homeserveusa.com, follow us on twitter.com/homeserveusa and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/HomeServeUSA.

Editorial Contact, HomeServe: Beth Crisafi/Kyle Kuhnel/Melissa Rodriguez, Gibbs & Soell Public Relations, 212-697-2600, bcrisafi (at) gibbs-soell (dot) com or kkuhnel (at) gibbs-soell (dot) com or mrodriguez (at) gibbs-soell (dot) com Myles Meehan, 203-356-4259, HomeService (at) homeserveusa (dot) com

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