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News Release 

Date                     December 12, 2017
For Release         Upon Receipt   
Contact                Ashlee Yingling         
Telephone           412.430.3404                           

Duquesne Light Company Offers Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

PITTSBURGH – As families decorate their homes and yards this holiday season, Duquesne Light Company is offering tips for safely using lighting and electrical decorations both inside and outside of the home. To minimize electrical and fire hazards, keep these holiday lighting safety tips in mind: 


  • Consider where electrical cords are placed. Be careful not to run under carpets or furniture where they might be broken, or in an area that might be a tripping hazard.
  • Be careful not to overload power strips, extension cords or outlets.
  • Place light strings securely to the tree, and prevent the bulbs from touching the branches or needles.
  • Do not burn wrapping paper or boxes in the fireplace as they ignite rapidly and create sparks. Recycle when applicable.  
  • Unplug all lighting when leaving the house or at bedtime, and remember to grasp the plug instead of pulling on the cord.


  • Always check for frayed or exposed wiring, broken bulbs or sockets and loose connections. Discard or replace damaged light strings.
  • Be mindful of lighting instructions. Do not use indoor lights outside.
  • Hang outdoor lights with insulated staples or light hooks instead of nails or tacks.
  • Angle lighting bulbs downward to keep moisture out of sockets.
  • Place outdoor lights on a timer or unplug before bedtime.

Duquesne Light wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season. For more information about electrical safety, visit

About Duquesne Light Company
Duquesne Light Company is committed to more than keeping the lights on; it powers the moments in its customers’ lives. As a next generation energy company, Duquesne Light Company’s nearly 1,500 employees are dedicated to delivering reliable and safe energy to more than a half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.