Post-Holiday Safety Reminders PSA

Even after the holiday season has come and gone, many indoor and outdoor decorations remain in use. ESFI has some suggestions for wrapping up after the holidays to ensure that decorations are removed and stored properly so that they will be available for safe use next year.

Oh Christmas Tree, Much Hazards do you Bring Thee

According to the National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA), U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 230 home fires that start with Christmas trees each year. Whether you’re pinning for pine, fervent for fir or even if you’re ardently artificial, Christmas tree fires can be avoided by following some simple safety tips. 

Does Your Holiday Décor Put you on the Naughty or Nice List?

As you make your lists and check them twice, here’s one to help make sure your holiday celebrations are safe and nice.   Naughty Connecting more than three strings of incandescent lights together Overloading outlets with decorations Using decorations with cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires or loose connections Connecting multiple extension cords […]

Candle Safety Tips

Candles start almost half of all home fires related to decorations.  Minimize your risk with these candle safety tips from ESFI: Avoid using candles when possible.  Consider using battery-operated candles in place of traditional candles. Never leave an open flame unattended.  Keep burning candles within sight. Place lighted candles away from combustible material such as […]

Pull the Plug on Cord-Related Hazards this Holiday Season

It’s likely that when you think of cords, your main concern is hiding them from view in your holiday decorations. However, 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.  […]

Holiday Gift Guide: For a Loved One with Young Children

Perhaps one of the most challenging traditions of the holiday season is making a shopping list and checking it twice.  To help alleviate gift-giving stress, ESFI suggests that you consider gifting home safety devices to your loved ones this year.  These unique gift ideas go beyond the traditional, providing the added gift of safety to […]

Holiday Gift Guide: For any Loved One or Friend

Perhaps one of the most challenging traditions of the holiday season is making a shopping list and checking it twice.  To help alleviate gift-giving stress, ESFI suggests that you consider gifting home safety devices to your loved ones this year.  These unique gift ideas go beyond the traditional, providing the added gift of safety. Make […]

ESFI Holiday Gift Guide: Protecting Big Ticket Items

Big-ticket electronics, such as televisions, computers and gaming consoles, are at the top of many holiday wish lists.   While safety may not be the first thing that comes to mind when shopping the holiday sales, purchasing, installing, and operating these items safely protects not only this expensive equipment, but also the entire home. Safety […]

Buyer’s Guide: Purchasing Tip

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. Purchasing Tips Always buy electrical equipment that displays a label indicating it has undergone independent testing by a […]

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. If you haven’t already done so this month, test all smoke alarms.  Replace the batteries, or smoke alarm if […]

Indoor Lights and Electrical Decorations Safety Tips

While decorative lights and other electrical decorations add to the splendor of the season, they can increase the risks of fire and electrical injuries if not used safely. Always purchase electrical decorations and lights from reputable retailers. Use lights approved for safe use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Never connect more than three strands […]

Wrapping Up the Holiday Season

The Electrical Safety Foundation International hopes your holiday season is filled with friends, family, and safety.To help keep safety a holiday tradition in your home in the future, ESFI is reminding you of these post-holiday tips: Holiday decorations are meant for temporary use.  Leaving your decorations up for extended periods leaves wires unnecessarily exposed to […]