ARLINGTON, VA. (November 12, 2019) — The winter holiday season is a festive and eventful time, yet statistics show that home fires and electrical incidents increase during this time of year. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is providing safety tips and free resources to prevent household fires and accidents caused by improper cooking and heating practices.
Nearly 900 people die in home fires each year during the winter season, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Thirty percent of all home fires and nearly four-in-ten home fire deaths take place from December through February. With cooking tasks responsible for two of every reported home fire, it is critical that holiday hosts cook and heat their homes safely.
“Entertaining during the holidays can be stressful, but statistics suggest simple cooking and heating safety practices can ensure everyone enjoys the celebration,” 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:
Fast Fact: Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. Ranges or cooktops cause 62 percent of home fires according to the National Fire Protection Association. Learn how to stay safe with these tips:
Visit ESFI’s holiday safety website, www.holidaysafety.org which provides all of the safety tips and tools needed to Make Safety a Tradition for your family this holiday season.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play. ESFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. For more information about ESFI and electrical safety, visit www.esfi.org.
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