This is the season for turkey and stuffing, quickly followed by Christmas lights and Santa Claus. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has some easy to follow guidelines to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season.
Holiday Cooking Recipe
Ingredients for Safety
- Functioning Smoke Alarms
- Functioning Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
- Kitchen Timer
- Clean Appliances
- Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. For the best protection, smoke alarms should be interconnected, so that they all sound if one sounds
- Test the batteries in each smoke alarm every month, replace them once a year, and replace the unit every 10 years
- GFCIs are electrical safety devices that trip electrical circuits when they detect ground faults, or leakage currents, that could shock or electrocute someone. GFCI should be installed where electricity and water may come in contact such as the kitchen. GFCIs should also be tested every month
- Prevent fires by making sure your oven and stovetop are clean and free of grease and dust. You should also clean the exhaust hood and duct over the stove regularly. Lastly, vacuum the refrigerator coils every three months to prevent potentially dangerous dirt build up
- Never leave cooking unattended. You should not cook if you are sleepy or under the influence of alcohol. Children should also be closely supervised and kept at least three feet away from all cooking appliances
- It's easy to forget about something that's cooking, especially when you're entertaining guests. Use a kitchen timer to make sure your dish doesn't become a fire hazard
- ENJOY! Being proactive about safety will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy your time with loved ones
Christmas tree Safety Tips
Follow these basic safety guidelines to help prevent electrical and fire hazards related to the use of Christmas trees.
- When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard than a dry tree.
- Cut 1-2 inches from the base of the trunk immediately before placing the tree in the stand and filling with water to ensure water absorption.
- Because heated rooms dry out live trees rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water by refilling daily.
- When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” This label indicates that the tree is more resistant to burning.
- Don’t use electrical ornaments or light strings on artificial trees with metallic leaves or branch coverings.
- Place your tree at least 3 feet away from all heat sources, including fireplaces, radiators, and space heaters.
When trimming a tree, only use non-combustible or flame-resistant materials.