Safety Tips During The Holiday Season

The holiday season is fast approaching. We should all remember to be safe when it comes to Christmas trees, wreaths, candles—and for those of you Griswold families out there—the exterior decorations. Here are some quick tips for a safe holiday:

  1. Always use the proper lighting rated for outdoor use and the proper extension cords for the amp load.
  2. Remember to utilize GFCI cords or connectors when hooking anything outside to avoid the yard, trees, or bush's from catching fire.
  3. Pay close attention to not overloading your breakers as this could also become a fire hazard.

Here are some interesting statistics provided by One-Stop Data Shop, Fire Analysis and Research Division about Christmas tree fires and holiday lights:

Christmas Tree Fires
U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 240 home structure fires that began with Christmas trees in 2005-2009. These fires caused an annual average of:

  • 13 civilian fire deaths
  • 27 civilian fire injuries
  • $16.7 million in direct property damage.

On average, one of every 18 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 141 total reported home fires.

Fires Involving Holiday Lights or Other Decorative Lighting with Line Voltage 
Holiday or other decorative lights with line voltage were involved in an average of 150 home structure fires per year, resulting in an average of:

  • 8 civilian deaths
  • 14 civilian injuries
  • $8.5 million in direct property damage.

Taking the time to stay safe will ensure you and your family have a safe and joyful holiday season. Happy Holidays to you all and to all a good night!