Very few things are as unique to the winter holiday season as the custom of decorating your home and yard.
Findings from a 2013 ESFI consumer survey indicate that more than 86% of Americans decorate their homes as part of their winter holiday celebrations. Almost two-thirds of respondents use electric lights in their indoor decorating scheme, while more than half use lighted decorations outside their homes. More than 60% of those who decorate their homes for the holiday utilize at least one extension cord.
While holiday lighting and electrical decorations do contribute to the splendor of the season, they can also significantly increase the risk fires and electrical injuries if not used safely. Given these safety hazards, it is crucial that safety is a foremost concern.
ESFI provides these resources to help you prevent serious electrical and fire hazards while decorating your home and yard this season:
Holiday Safety Short Video - Over-decorating the home can lead to disastrous consequences as shown by this entertaining short video.
Buyer's Guide: Purchasing Tip Sheet - Give your loved ones and yourself the gift of safety. If you plan to add to or replace some of your holiday decorations this season, follow this tip sheet to be sure you purchase safe electrical products.
Christmas Tree Safety Tips - Follow these basic safety guidelines to help prevent electrical and fire hazards related to the use of Christmas trees. Also view our handy Christmas Tree Safety Infographic!
Candle Safety Tips - Candles start almost half of all home decoration fires. Minimize your risk with these candle safety tips from ESFI.
Connect to Safety: Cord Safety Tip Sheet - Cords of all kinds need to be properly inspected, used and stored to reduce your risk of a fire. Follow these tips to help you keep cords out of sight but also safely on your mind.
Childproof Decorating Tips - ESFI recommends taking the following safety precautions to ensure that this special time of year does not result in a decoration-related tragedy.
Prepare with Care: Pre Holiday Tips - Planning and preparation is essential to reducing your stress during the holiday season. While we can’t help you manage your budgets, guests, and travel arrangements, we can help you plan and arrange for safe holiday decorations.