The holiday season is supposed to be a joyous time filled with friends, family and relaxation, but a house fire caused by improper electrical device safety can really put a damper on your holiday spirit. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “from 2007-2011 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 230 home structure fires that began with Christmas trees.” Understanding the potential hazards and exercising extreme caution while decorating this year is the first step to enjoying a happy and safe holiday season.
Christmas Tree Safety
- Make sure to place your tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source
- Do not block any exits
- Water the tree daily to prevent it from drying out which can increase the risk of a fire
- Use lights that have been labeled for indoor use
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed
Holiday Decorating Safety
- Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant
- Keep lit candles away from decorations
- Replace strings of lights that contain broken bulbs or worn cords
- Never use nails or staples to fix light strands to your house
Holiday Entertaining Safety
- Test your smoke alarms prior to hosting guests
- Ask smokers to smoke outside
- Keep your children and pets away from lit candles
- Matches and lighters should be stored up high in a locked cabinet
Keep in mind that two out of every five home decoration fires are started by candles and nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.
If you notice damaged or broken outlets while decorating, call Lon Lockwood Electric. We will come by to assess the situation and will repair or replace outlets if necessary. Electrical safety is a top priority and we wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!