BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Each year the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) launches a holiday safety awareness campaign in partnership with The Home Depot to encourage families and communities across the country to Make Safety a Tradition of the winter holiday season.
I would like to suggest a segment that addresses simple safety tips that every homeowner can follow to help ensure a risk-free home and ultimately happy holiday season, given the fact that home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season (National Fire Protection Association).
Indoor and Outdoor Lights and Electrical Holiday Decor Safety
- Christmas trees play an integral role in decorating for the holidays, but they also can be susceptible to many hazardous accidents.
- Adding holiday lighting is a great way to make a home festive for the holidays. In order to create a safe and memorable decorating experience, there are a few simple guidelines that must be observed, which a Home Depot Associate is happy to walk your viewers through.
- FYI: A heat source that was too close to the decoration was a factor in 48% of home fires that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees (NFPA).
Get Ready for Guests with Easy Home Installations
- Make sure your home is prepared for holiday guests.
- Install tamper resistant receptacles to prevent young children from electrical shocks and burns at home.
Extension Cords and Dimmers
- While decorating your home for the holidays, be sure to follow these tips to ensure that your decorations are operating safely with the appropriate extension cords.
- FYI: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that about 3,300 home fires start from extension cords each year, killing and injuring more than 300 people. In addition, nearly 4,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for non-fire related extension cord injuries.
Space Heater Safety
- Portable heaters are a great way to inexpensively heat a large room this holiday season. Although a portable heater is an easy way to add that cozy feel without an expensive electric bill, be conscious while using heaters as they can create several holiday hazards in your home.
- FYI: Portable and stationary space heaters account for one-third (32%) of home heating fires and four out of five (79%) home heating fire deaths (NFPA)
Smoke/CO Alarm Safety
- A smoke alarm’s low battery chirp is the number one home fire safety complaint among American homeowners
- Kidde’s new Worry-Free line of smoke alarms with a 10-year sealed-in lithium battery aims to solve common consumer complaints and pressing fire industry concerns
- FYI: The NFPA cites missing or disconnected batteries as the main reason smoke alarms fail to operate in residential fires. Two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarm or no working alarm.