12 Dangers of Christmas

Learn from the mistakes of the naughty Christmas elf as you and your loved ones celebrate the holiday season.

While the holidays are a characteristically joyous time of year, they can also be hazardous if simple safety precautions aren’t followed. Learn from the mistakes of the naughty Christmas elf as you and your loved ones celebrate the holiday season.

  • Do not use electronic near water
  • Never sleep with electronics under your pillow
  • Keep batteries safely stored in their packaging they can be deadly if swallowed
  • Do not leave space heaters unattended when in use
  • Keep decorations at least 3 feet away from any open flame
  • Never play with fire
  • Do not run cords under carpets, rugs, furniture, or out of windows
  • Do not overload outlets
  • Sometimes less is more be careful not to over decorate
  • Always turn off decorations when you’re sleeping or leaving your home
  • Inspect all decorations and discard any that are damaged or worn
  • Keep your natural Christmas tree hydrated and water it daily

Holiday Decorating Safety

Very few things are as unique to the winter holiday season as the custom of decorating your home and yard.

Findings from a 2013 ESFI consumer survey indicate that more than 86% of Americans decorate their homes as part of their winter holiday celebrations. Almost two-thirds of respondents use electric lights in their indoor decorating scheme, while more than half use lighted decorations outside their homes. More than 60% of those who decorate their homes for the holiday utilize at least one extension cord.

While holiday lighting and electrical decorations do contribute to the splendor of the season, they can also significantly increase the risk fires and electrical injuries if not used safely. Given these safety hazards, it is crucial that safety is a foremost concern.

My Electrician provides these resources to help you prevent serious electrical and fire hazards while decorating your home and yard this season:

  • Holiday Safety Short Video – Over-decorating the home can lead to disastrous consequences as shown by this entertaining short video.
  • Buyer’s Guide: Purchasing Tip Sheet – Give your loved ones and yourself the gift of safety. If you plan to add to or replace some of your holiday decorations this season, follow this tip sheet to be sure you purchase safe electrical products.
  • Christmas Tree Safety Tips – Follow these basic safety guidelines to help prevent electrical and fire hazards related to the use of Christmas trees. Also view our handy Christmas Tree Safety Infographic!
  • Candle Safety Tips – Candles start almost half of all home decoration fires. Minimize your risk with these candle safety tips from ESFI.
  • Connect to Safety: Cord Safety Tip Sheet – Cords of all kinds need to be properly inspected, used and stored to reduce your risk of a fire. Follow these tips to help you keep cords out of sight but also safely on your mind.
  • Childproof Decorating Tips – ESFI recommends taking the following safety precautions to ensure that this special time of year does not result in a decoration-related tragedy.
  • The Right Light: Holiday Lighting Safety Tips – When planning and implementing your lighting design, keep these holiday lighting safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of property damage, injury or death.
  • Prepare with Care: Pre Holiday Tips – Planning and preparation is essential to reducing your stress during the holiday season. While we can’t help you manage your budgets, guests, and travel arrangements, we can help you plan and arrange for safe holiday decorations.
  • Indoor Lights and Electrical Decor Safety Tips – While decorative lights and other electrical decorations add to the splendor of the season, they can increase the risks of fire and electrical injuries if not used safely.
  • Outdoor Decoration Safety Tips – Take steps to protect your home and family from electrical and fire hazards related to outdoor holiday decorations with these quick tips from ESFI.
    Wrapping Up the Holidays – Start the New Year off right and get a head start for next holiday season with these important post-holiday safety tips.

Fall Safety Tips

My Electrician  reminds you to keep electrical safety in mind as the cooler fall weather moves many activities back indoors. The following safety tips will help you stay safe during the change of seasons:

  • Safely store warm weather tools like lawn mowers and trimmers. Check cold weather tools, such as leaf and snow blowers, along with their power cords, for unusual wear and tear. Repair or replace worn tools or parts right away.
  • Unplug and safely store battery chargers that won’t be in use again until spring.
  • Use only weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture. Make sure electrical equipment that has been wet is inspected and reconditioned by a certified repair dealer.
  • Keep dry leaves swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.
  • Make sure electric blankets are in good repair and certified by an independent testing lab such as UL, CSA or ETL. Power cords should not be frayed, cracked or cut.
  • Do not tuck your electric blanket under mattresses or children, and do not put anything, such as comforters or bedspreads, on top of the blanket while it is in use.
  • Never allow pets to sleep on an electric blanket.

Fall Safety

Do It Yourself Electrical Safety – Each year, thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents, electrocution in their own homes.

Power Tools – According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are nearly 400 electrocutions in the United States each year.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters – Learn all about these life saving devices!

Heating Pads / Electric Blankets Safety – Heating pads and electric blankets cause almost 500 fires each year.

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