As the famous Carpenters' song goes, it's that time of year — not only "when the world falls in love," but when there's an increased risk of electrical-related problems, from old extension cords fraying and causing electric shocks, to electric space heaters causing fires, to portable generators leading to carbon monoxide poisoning. Most of us manage to get through the holiday season and winter months without any such incidents, but consumers still need to be aware and take safety precautions when using electric equipment.
That's why each December the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) launches a month-long campaign holiday safety series. Check out the holiday decorating safety recommendations, as well as a holiday safety checklist. These resources are packed with valuable tips — from how to inspect electrical decorations to maintaining a Christmas tree in fire-resistant condition.
For more information from ESFI, visit its holiday safety web page.