Decorating homes and businesses with Christmas trees and lights is one of America’s most treasured holiday pastimes. Unfortunately, while many traditional decorations can increase your holiday cheer, they can also increase your chances of fire.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that firefighters respond to an average of about 390 Christmas decoration related structure fires a year. These fires result in property damage, injuries, and even death.
The worst part? Each one of these holiday tragedies could have been prevented.
Redding Fire Department Division Chief Michael Bachmeyer commented that holiday fires most commonly result from instances when families overload circuits by placing too many light strands on a single circuit.
Bachmeyer also stated that holiday lights have a tendency to degrade after every year of use and that some families will continue to use lights that have bent or frayed wires. These bent or frayed wires can short circuit and cause sparks. If there is any doubt about the electrical integrity of lighting wires that you use this season, please throw them out.
At Reiner & Slaughter, we want you and your family to be as safe as possible this holiday season. Here are some tips from the NFPA to help you make the right choices for your home. At Reiner & Slaughter, we want you and your family to be as safe as possible this holiday season. Here are some tips from the NFPA to help you make the right choices for your home.