Now that the holidays are over, it's time to put all that holiday gear away safely. According to the Electrical...
Now that the holidays are over, it's time to put all that holiday gear away safely. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) too few families focus on electrical safety after the holidays, which is actually the perfect time to focus in on safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), around 53,000 electrical fires occur each year in homes, claiming more than 450 lives. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also has bad news, noting that almost 400 people in the U.S. are electrocuted by basic consumer products annually. Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) president Brett Brenner, notes that simple awareness about electrical hazards is key to preventing these sorts of accidents. With this in mind, ESFI offers the following tips regarding safe handling and packing up of holiday gear...
- At the beginning of January you should put away all electrical holiday decor. As you pack up, check for frayed wires, cracked sockets, or burned out bulbs. Discard broken or faulty lights.
- Inspect all electrical cords for frayed wires and cracked insulation.
- Separate and label indoor and outdoor decorations, but keep both in a dry location out of reach of children and pets.
- Send warranty and product registration forms for new decorations to manufacturers in order to be notified about product recalls.
- Remove and properly dispose of Christmas trees. The best way to dispose of a tree is to bring it to a recycling center or contact a community pickup service.