PNM has some simple tips to keep your homes and families safe from scary electrical hazards.

Always look up and look out for power lines when decorating outside and stay at least 10 feet away from them. Only use decorations rated specifically for outdoor use.
Do not place light strands or electrical cords into trees or vegetation near power lines and never place anything on utility poles.
Only use lights that have been safety tested and approved by Underwriters Laboratory (UL). Look for the UL label on the box and on each string.
Do not carry ladders while extended and carry them horizontally to avoid potential contact with overhead power lines.
Use LED candles instead of regular candles to avoid potential fires.
Keep electric cords out of high-traffic areas where people or pets can trip or become entangled.
Make sure extension cords are in good condition, and check lights for broken sockets, frayed cords, or faulty plugs. Replace any damaged strings.
Don't staple or nail through light strings or electrical cords, and do not attach cords or lights to metal objects.
Cords should be plugged into outlets equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). GFCIs protect you from electric shocks.
Always unplug lights before going to bed or leaving your home.