Ask Electricians Around Dover Delaware About Safety Issues During Holiday Seasons
The holiday season is a time of fun and excitement for families of all sizes and nationalities. As the holidays approach, you’ll start to see holiday lights going up both inside and outside of homes and businesses just about everywhere you go.
The sad reality is that Christmas and holiday trees and lights are a major cause of fires each and every year. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, there were 250 house fires between 2003 and 2007, involving both real and fake trees. These fires caused more than $13.8 million in property damage, took the lives of 14 people, and caused more than 25 injuries. Another 170 fires were caused by holiday lights and decorations, causing another $7.9 million in property damage, taking 7 more lives, and injuring more than 15 others.
Considering the time frames involved in the study, these numbers are incredibly low. Even still, it is important to recognize that increased energy use comes with an increased risk, especially when it comes to exposed power lines and drying trees.
Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to enjoy the holiday season without putting yourself or your family in harms way. Check out our article detailing Electrical Safety Tips for the Holiday Season and be sure to contact a qualified electrician anywhere in Delaware if you have questions or concerns about the safety of your holiday light display. We’d be glad to help!