Holiday Safety Tips from CSA Group

The CSA Group works with businesses, organizations and code authorities all around the world to help create a safer, more sustainable world for people and for business. They test and certify produts for safety and performance requirements among other things. Recently, the CSA Group opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory in Southern California.

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After their grand opening, Fabio Furlan, Director of Operations, CSA Group Irvine, shared these timely holiday tips with SuburbanMamas.

Tips for Installing Christmas Lights:

“Before working with outdoor wiring, be sure to turn off the electricity to the supply outlet and unplug the connection to avoid potential shock or fire hazards. Keep in mind when hanging lights outdoors to keep electrical connectors above ground, out of puddles, and away from metal eaves /troughs. Make sure outdoor decorations are marked and certified for outside use and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.”

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“Before you plug lights in, carefully inspect old lights to make sure there are no cracks or frayed cords and discard any with obvious damage. Don’t overload extension cords by using too many electronics. Be sure to use heavy duty extension cords for high wattage decorations and large electronically-animated displays. And, make sure your house is capable of handling the electrical load of multiple lights. If in doubt, contact a licensed professional to inspect your electrical system.”

· “When you purchase light strings, extension cords and electrical decorations this holiday season, look for the certification mark of an accredited organization such as CSA Group. Certification marks provide assurance that the products have been tested to specific standards for safety and performance.”

Tips for Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner:

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• “When purchasing a turkey fryer, make sure it carries the mark of an accredited certification agency, such as the CSA Certification Flame indicating that it meets applicable national standards.”

• “When filling the pot with oil, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and never over-fill the turkey fryer. This can cause the oil to overflow posing a potential risk of ignition from the burner flame.”

• “Never heat the oil above 200°C (400°F) and always use the thermometer supplied with the turkey fryer to measure the oil temperature. Check oil temperature frequently. If the oil begins to smoke, turn gas to ‘off’.”

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