Did you know that 86% of Americans decorate the inside and outside of their homes for the holiday? Holiday electrical components can add to curb appeal, however, it is necessary to take precautions when decorating.
Avoid Holiday Electrical Hazards
During the winter holiday seasons, fires and electrical accidents are at an all-time high. Statistics show that:
- 210 home fires are caused by Christmas tree lighting.
- 860 annual home fires are caused by decorations.
- 30% of home fires happen December through February.
- 40% of holiday injuries are caused by falls from ladders, roofs, and step stools.
- 3,300 fires are caused by extension cords.
- 60 electrocutions are caused by holiday lighting.
So before you start decorating this year, learn some common safety tips. First, make sure your lights and extension cords are waterproof and acceptable for outdoor use. Also, avoid wet conditions when decorating outside. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings. To avoid electric shocks, use a wooden ladder when hanging outdoor lights. Finally, never overload your extension cords.
It is also helpful to inspect all extension cords and lights for damage before using them. When decorating with lights indoors, don’t link extension cords or cover the cords with fabric or rugs to hide them. Keep lights away from flammable materials like curtains. Most importantly, always unplug all lights before going to bed or leaving your house.
Residential Electrical Service in Towson: Tim Kyle Electric
At Tim Kyle Electric, your family’s safety is our top priority. Contact us today to learn more about all of residential services. We offer a home safety plan, panel upgrades, surge protection, and carbon monoxide detectors. Enjoy this special time of year and above all always practice holiday electrical safety. Happy holidays!