ESFI Reminds Consumers to Make Fire Safety a Priority this Holiday Season

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Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is educating Americans this holiday season about safety concerns associated with holiday entertaining.

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While the holiday season is a prime time for entertaining, statistics show that it’s the time of year when many home fires occur. It is critical that families keep fire safety in mind while enjoying this festive, exciting and extremely busy time of year.

The winter holiday season is traditionally a festive and eventful time of year. Celebrations, family gatherings and visits from houseguests traditionally increase in number during the season. Unfortunately, statistics show that home fires and electrical accidents also increase during these same months.

Each year, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) teams up with The Home Depot on a national safety awareness campaign to encourage families and communities across the country to Make Safety a Tradition of the holiday season.

In addition, this holiday season, ESFI, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is educating Americans this holiday season about safety concerns associated with holiday entertaining.

“While the holiday season is a prime time for entertaining, statistics show that it’s also the time of year when many home fires occur,” explains ESFI president Brett Brenner. “It is critical that families keep fire safety in mind while enjoying this festive, exciting and extremely busy time of year.”

Take simple steps to reduce the risk of a home fire and protect your family, guests, and home this holiday season:

  • Stay in the kitchen when food is cooking. Turn off burners if you have to leave the room.
  • Never leave a child unsupervised while cooking, or when an electric or gas stove is within reach.
  • Keep towels, pot holders, curtains, and other flammable items away from hot surfaces.
  • With greater activity in and around your home comes increased energy use. Be careful not to overburden your electrical system.
  • Keep space heaters out of high-traffic and exit areas, and at least 3 feet from items that can burn.
  • Turn space heaters off when you go to sleep or leave the room. Never leave a space heater unattended.

While many of us have taken steps to ensure our homes are safe for our own families, additional planning may be required to safely accommodate guests, particularly small children and the elderly:

  • Plan for a fire emergency before it happens. Be sure to explain your family fire escape plan to overnight houseguests and babysitters.
  • Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Test smoke alarms once a month to ensure they are working properly.
  • Make sure everyone in your family recognizes the sound of the smoke alarm and knows what it means.

Visit ESFI’s holiday safety website, http://www.holidaysafety.org, throughout the holiday season for all of the safety tips and tools you need to Make Safety a Tradition for your family.

Contact: Jordanna Shapiro
Phone: (703) 841-3291

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