It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! At Sherlock Home Inspectors, we love Christmas, but we love your safety even more. Here are some electrical safety tips for the holiday season:
Before we dive into electrical safety tips for the holiday season, it’s essential to analyze a few statistics to understand the severity of the problem. Between 2011 and 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 200 home fires caused by Christmas tree per year. In the same period, these fires accounted for $14.8 million in property damage annually.
The Christmas tree is not the only culprit, though. Other types of decoration caused an average of 860 home fires per year between 2009 and 2014. In some of these cases, these accidents resulted in severe injuries or deaths. Ultimately, adopting a few basic electrical safety measures is crucial to prevent home fires throughout the holiday season.
When decorating your Christmas tree, don’t forget to run a quick electrical inspection first. Look for cracked or damaged sockets, and check if your electrical decorations are in good shape. If you notice that they’re damaged, throw them away.
Are you using an extension cord to plug in your Christmas tree lights? Check to see if your extension cord is labeled for indoor or outdoor use. Many people don’t pay attention to that, which is concerning because indoor extension cords shouldn’t be used in cold or wet environments.
Finally, if you’re buying an artificial Christmas tree, opt for one that is fire resistant as it lowers the risk of home fires.
Other Electrical Safety Tips
The Christmas tree should be your #1 concern, but not the only one. Here are other electrical safety tips to protect you and your loved ones during the festive season:
- Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder when hanging lights.
- Keep your electrical cords dry at all times.
- Avoid overloading your circuits with Christmas lights.
- Choose LED lights over incandescent bulbs. They’re safer and more energy-efficient.
- Burning candles can be dangerous. Use battery-operated candles instead.
We hope these tips help you stay safe throughout the holiday season. If you need a hand, our experienced home inspectors can ensure that your family won’t be exposed to any hazards. Contact us through our website or by giving us a call at (712) 274-9617 to book a home inspection.
Merry Christmas and happy New Year!