FirstEnergy Utilities Offer Halloween Safety Tips
Trick or treat is here – the time when little ghosts, goblins and,
most likely, vampires, zombies and a superhero or two, will run door-to-door, excitedly
collecting treats from their neighbors. FirstEnergy Corp.’s (NYSE: FE) utilities would
like to remind all participants in this honored and fun tradition to include safety as part of
their plans before the big night arrives.
FirstEnergy suggests participants limit their travels to well-lit, familiar areas, and
never go trick-or-treating alone – it’s less fun and less safe. Also, be sure costumes are
visible after dark and that costume masks don’t block the vision of the wearer. Carrying
a flashlight or including reflective material or glow sticks as part of a costume improves
visibility for all.
Motorists also should use extra caution during trick or treat hours, especially on
narrower neighborhood streets without street lights.
Additional safety tips include:
• Don’t use open flames in jack o’ lanterns or other Halloween decorations.
Battery or electric-powered tea lights or glow sticks in jack o’ lanterns are
much safer than candles.
• Wear flame-resistant costumes and never walk near lit candles or other
• Keep walking areas, steps and porches well-lit and free of obstacles to
• Wherever possible, use established crosswalks and look both ways before
crossing the street.
• Inspect all treats before consuming to assure they have not been tampered
• Decorative lights should be approved by Underwriter’s Laboratory and
carry a UL seal on the tag. Red UL marks indicate the lights are approved
for indoor or outdoor use, while green UL tags indicate approval for
indoor use only.
• Outdoor lights and decorations should be plugged into outlets that feature
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs).
• Indoor lights should not touch window treatments, carpet or furniture.
• Place all lights on a timer if you’ll be away from home, and turn off all
lights before you go to bed.
Additional recommendations to stay safe this Halloween can be found at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, www.cdc.gov/family/halloween.
FirstEnergy’s utilities include: Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and
Toledo Edison in Ohio; Penelec, Met-Ed, Penn Power and West Penn Power in
Pennsylvania; Jersey Central Power & Light in New Jersey; Mon Power and Potomac
Edison in West Virginia; Potomac Edison in Maryland; and Penelec in New York.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and
operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's
largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Visit FirstEnergy on the web at
www.firstenergycorp.com, or follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.