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Tampa Electric offers tips for holiday lights

TAMPA, December 5, 2011

As folks are decking the halls this month, Tampa Electric would like to offer a few common-sense tips for a safer, more energy-efficient holiday season.

Consider investing in energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights. LED lights have dropped in price in recent years and are now available in more colors and styles. LEDs do not produce heat, so they reduce the risk of a fire and are safer than incandescent lights. They are also more durable.

At Tampa Electric, where safety is a top priority, we offer these additional tips for your home during the holidays:

  • Make sure your holiday lights and cords are in good condition (no broken lights or frayed cords).
  • Never string holiday lights on or near power lines. When using a ladder to install lights outdoors, look above your head before climbing the ladder to ensure you are not near power lines.
  • Never place electric cords under a rug or door, or around a sharp edge or corner. Keep all cords away from high-traffic areas in your home.
  • Never use indoor lights outside, and don’t overload electrical outlets.
  • Be sure to turn off holiday lights before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Make sure a reliable testing laboratory, like the Underwriter's Laboratory, has inspected your holiday lights.
  • If you have a natural Christmas tree, make sure it has enough water to keep branches from drying out, which can pose a fire hazard.

For additional safety tips, please visit us online at www.tampaelectric.com/safety.

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in Florida, including both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System . Tampa Electric serves more than 672,000 customers in West Central Florida. Other subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia, and TECO Guatemala, which is engaged in electric power generation and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.

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CHERIE JACOBS
TECO Energy, Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas
TECO Energy, Inc.
702 N. Franklin Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
E-mail: cljacobs@tecoenergy.com Email Icon