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Tis the season for safety


Pineville, La., Dec. 1, 2016 – The most wonderful time of the year can be one of the most dangerous times of the year.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 30 percent of all home fires and 38 percent of home fire deaths occur during the months of December, January and February.

“Christmas trees and holiday decorations are some of the top contributors to fires during the holiday season,” said Marty Smith, general manager of corporate safety.  “Keep trees away from fireplaces and other heat sources that can accelerate drying and read all instructions before you begin decorating.” 

Use lights for their intended purpose, meaning indoor lights for inside use and outdoor lights for outside decorating.  Make sure all holiday lights rated 210 Volts are Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) Listed, which ensures the product has been designed and manufactured to meet or exceed industry specifications for safety. 

“Decorations not bearing a label from an independent testing laboratory such as UL have not been tested for safety and could be hazardous,” said Smith.  “Always purchase electrical decorations from reputable retailers.” 

Cleco also recommends using LED lights to replace older light strands. LED bulbs use less energy and are longer lasting than traditional bulbs.

In addition to lighting, take precautions when hanging decorations. 

“Check for overhead power lines before stringing lights outdoors, and use caution when setting up ladders,” said Smith.  “Stay away and keep all decorations away from overhead power lines.”

For a complete list of holiday decorating tips, visit www.cleco.com

“Decorating safely is a great holiday tradition,” said Smith.  “Cleco wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.”

Cleco is a regional energy company that conducts substantially all of its business operation through its primary subsidiary, Cleco Power. Cleco Power is a regulated electric utility company that owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 3,310 MWs and serves approximately 287,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi. 

For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com.


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Jennifer Cahill

(318) 484-7411


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