Holiday Safety Tips

May your days be merry and bright ….

PWC is dreaming of a safe Christmas. Your Hometown Utility wishes everyone happy holidays and offers these important safety tips:

  • Make sure lights and electric decorations have the UL seal – and anything you put outdoors is labeled for outdoor use.
  • Don’t string too many lights together or overload sockets.
  • Never use frayed or damaged cords.
  • Unplug lights when you leave home or go to bed.  
  • LED lights are safer, use less power and last much longer.  Plus, PWC electric customers can earn a bill credit for purchasing LED strand lights.  Click here for more info
  • Through Grinding of the Greens, your Christmas trees can be recycled as mulch for beds and trails at local parks.  Stay tuned for more details!

Holiday Cooking Safety

Whether testing out a new dish or whipping up a family classic, there’s one recipe that should also be included on the menu this holiday season: safety. Follow this “Recipe for Kitchen Safety” and help this year’s festivities create memories instead of danger.

Ingredients for Safety

  1. Functioning smoke alarms
  2. Functioning ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)
  3. Vigilance
  4. Kitchen timer
  5. Clean appliances


  1. Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. For the best protection, smoke alarms should be interconnected so that they all sound if one sounds. Test the batteries in each smoke alarm every month, replace them once a year, and replace the unit every ten years.
  2. You should clean the exhaust hood and duct over the stove regularly. Lastly, vacuum the refrigerator coils every three months to prevent potentially dangerous dirt build-up.
  3. It’s easy to forget about something that’s cooking, especially when you’re entertaining guests. Use a kitchen timer to make sure your dish doesn’t become a fire hazard.
  4. ENJOY! Being proactive about safety will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy your time with loved ones.