Remember, never “Griswold” your outlets, no matter how great the lights look! Holiday lights and other decorative lighting are responsible for 160 home fires and an average of nine deaths. However, it’s not just electrical issues you need to look out for! The month of December sees 12% of home candle fires, one and half times the monthly average!
When planning and installing your holiday light display keep these Christmas lights safety tips in mind:
- Use LED bulbs that are cool to the touch, rather than incandescent lights that heat up. LED lights are also more durable!
- Make sure to turn off all lighting before leaving your home or going to bed.
- Never drap anything over a light bulb or lap shade.
- Avoid using candles when possible and never put lit candles on your tree. Consider battery-operated candles instead!
- Never leave an open flame unattended.
- Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder when hanging outdoor lights.
Keep in mind that your pretty lights are the only hazard in your home this time of year. Christmas trees start around 200 house fires every year! Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher handy and add water to your tree stand daily. Click here to get more holiday decorating safety tips from Electrical Safety Foundation! We hope these Christmas lights safety tips help to make this Christmas your brightest yet!
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that 2 out of 3 house fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Even worse is the fact that 24% of smoke alarm failures are due to dead batteries! Make sure to test your smoke alarm once a month, if the sound is weak or inaudible install new batteries! Additionally, you can also set an annual calendar reminder to help make sure to install new batteries at least once a year. Pick an easy to remember date, like an anniversary or holiday! Smoke detectors should be installed in and outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. Your alarms should also all be interconnected so that when one sounds, they all sound! Click here to read our blog post on how to properly use a fire exstinguisher!