Prevent Holiday Decorating Disasters with Practical Pointers from ESFI

Arlington, Virginia (Vocus) November 18, 2010

Very few things are as unique to the holiday season of winter and the custom of decorating your home and yard. A recent survey conducted by the consumption of electrical safety Foundation International (DIFS), over 80 percent of Americans decorate their homes this year as part of their winter celebrations.

Earlier this month, DIFS launched its annual security awareness to encourage families and communities across the country to make safety a tradition of the holiday season. This year, DIFS is working with the American Security Commission of consumer products and Home Depot to educate Americans about the security problems associated with Christmas.

Thousands of people each year are treated in emergency rooms of hospitals across the country for injuries associated with Christmas decorations, according to the American Security Commission of consumer products.

? While Christmas lights and electrical decorations add to the splendor of the season, they also contribute significantly to the increase in incidents of house fires and electrical accidents reported during the winter holiday season ,? said President Brett Brenner DIFS.

simple safety precautions can help keep you safe from electrical hazards and fire as you decorate your house and yard this holiday season:

Choose Christmas decorations made of fire-resistant materials or noncombustible. Never leave unattended open flames, including candles and fireplaces.

Use LED Christmas lights instead of regular incandescent light strands. LEDs use less electricity, generate less heat and can last 50 times longer than incandescent lamps.

Carefully inspect each electrical decoration. Cracked or frayed sockets, loose or bare wires and loose connections can cause a serious shock or fire.

Follow the instructions and care that come with electrical decorations, and always unplug electrical decorations before replacing light bulbs or fuses.

Keep children away from the holiday lights, decorations and electrical extension cords to prevent electric shock and burns.

Use only electric lights and decorations that have been approved for safe use by a nationally recognized laboratory.

Turn off and unplug all electrical decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

Cabinet Secure outdoor lighting to trees, house walls, or other media to protect the lights from wind damage.

Use only weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture.

Use caution when decorating near power lines. Contact with a power line could lead to electric shock.

Plug outdoor electric lights and decorations into circuits protected by circuit interrupters ground fault (GFCIs) to prevent electric shock. Portable GFCIs provide flexibility in using receptacles that are not GFCI protected, and are often used outdoors. Visit

DIFS? s site security vacation throughout the holiday season for all the safety tips and tools you need to make a tradition for your family safety.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International

(DIFS) is a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. DIFS proudly sponsors National Safety Month electricity each May, and engages in public education campaigns throughout the year to prevent electrical fires, injuries and deaths. For more information visit DIFS and electrical safety.



Jordanna Shapiro

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