December 20, 2012, Arlington, Va. — The winter holiday season is a festive and eventful time of year that traditionally includes increases in celebrations, family gatherings, and the presence of overnight houseguests. Unfortunately, statistics show that incidents of home fires and electrical incidents also increase during this time of year. As part of its annual effort to encourage families across the country to Make Safety a Tradition of the holiday season, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is providing tips and resources to help prevent these fire and electrical incidents.
According to a recent consumer survey conducted by ESFI, nearly 60 percent of people expect to host guests in their homes during the holiday season, and half of those guests will stay overnight. Along with entertaining guests, hosts also have the important responsibility of preparing the traditional holiday meal. With cooking being responsible for two of every five reported home fires according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), it is critical that safe practices are followed just as closely in the kitchen as traditional family recipes.
“Entertaining during the holidays can be stressful, but it is critical that safe practices are followed just as closely as the level of detail involved in celebrating our time-honored traditions,” said ESFI President Brett Brenner. “This includes taking proactive measures to make sure our homes are free of electrical hazards, as well as making sure we follow basic safety guidelines during our holiday celebrations.”
Follow these simple tips from ESFI to ensure that your home is ready to safely celebrate the holidays:
Visit ESFI’s holiday safety website, www.holidaysafety.org, to download the complete “Holiday Survival Guide,” which provides all of the safety tips and tools needed to Make Safety a Tradition for your family this holiday season.