The winter holiday season is a festive and eventful time, yet statistics show that home fires and electrical incidents increase during this time of year. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is providing safety tips and free resources to prevent household fires and accidents caused by improper cooking and heating practices.
Nearly 900 people die in home fires each year during the winter season, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Thirty percent of all home fires and nearly four-in-ten home fire deaths take place from December through February. With cooking tasks responsible for two of every reported home fire, it is critical that holiday hosts cook and heat their homes safely.
“Entertaining during the holidays can be stressful, but statistics suggest simple cooking and heating safety practices can ensure everyone enjoys the celebration,” said ESFI President Brett Brenner. “This includes taking proactive measures to make sure our homes are free of electrical hazards, as well as making sure we follow basic safety guidelines during our holiday celebrations.”