Holiday Light Safety Tips
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), holiday lights and decoration, excluding Christmas trees, resulted in an average of 780 home structure fires between 2013 and 2017. These traditional holiday decorations have resulted in “an annual average of three civilian fire deaths, 34 civilian fire injuries, and $12 million in direct property damage”, according to the NFPA.
- Switch to LED holiday lights – According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), LED lights are cool to the touch and made with epoxy lenses, which are less likely to combust or break. They also save you money since they are energy efficient.
- Turn off your decorations when you aren’t at home or sleeping – Though it may be tempting to wake up to the holidays each morning, you are putting yourself in danger. Make sure to turn off your holiday lights before you go to sleep or leave your residence. If your lights are off, they are less likely to start a fire in your home.
- Ensure the cords for your holiday lights don’t run under furniture or rugs – If a cord is under a rug or piece of furniture, it is not releasing any heat, which could lead to a fire. Make sure your cords are in a reasonable place where they aren’t covered.
- Space out your electrical outlet use – Though it is tempting to use an extension cord, try to avoid using them this holiday season. Extension cords are a common cause of house fires. If you run out of space, upgrade with an Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter outlet or breaker in your house. Make sure to hire a qualified electrician when adding any new outlets in your home.
It is important to follow these holiday light safety tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during this joyous season. Unfortunately, even the most cautious of homeowners can still be hurt if the lights they buy are unsafe due to a manufacturing defect or error. If you or a loved one suffered harm due to a dangerous or defective holiday light, contact the Connecticut defective product attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers at 203-397-1283 to discuss how we can help you.