As part of its annual holiday safety awareness effort, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is urging the public to Make Safety a Tradition by providing resources that promote electrical safety during the holiday season.
Results from a recent ESFI survey indicate that more than 86% of Americans decorate their homes as part of their winter holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, seasonal decorations are accompanied by many electrical hazards. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 210 home fires begin with Christmas trees each year, and nearly one-third of these fires are attributed to electrical failures or malfunctions. An additional 860 home structure fires per year are caused by holiday decorations excluding Christmas trees.
ESFI’s holiday resources include a practical infographic titled “In the Right Light: Decorate your Home Safely for the Holidays,” which provides tips on avoiding electrical hazards while decorating the home during the holiday season. Further, ESFI’s holiday-themed website, http://www.holidaysafety.org, provides a comprehensive library of additional infographics and resources to keep families safe during all facets of the holiday season.
“While holiday decorations contribute to the splendor of the season, they can also increase the risk of fires and electrical injuries if not used safely,” ESFI President Brett Brenner. “Taking simple precautions such as not overloading outlets and watering the Christmas tree daily could help minimize the risk of tragedy.”
Follow these basic safety guidelines to help prevent serious electrical and fire hazards as you decorate your home and yard this season:
Visit ESFI’s holiday safety website, http://www.holidaysafety.org, for all of the tools you need to Make Safety a Tradition of the holiday season.