According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), more than 86% of Americans decorate their homes for the Holidays each year, many with electric decorations that provide warmth and light during the long nights of December. However, warmth and light can quickly turn into terror and tragedy when defective decorations cause fires.
To help prevent holiday decoration fires, ESFI recommends:
- Only buying electric decorations with labels that indicate third-party testing by “a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Intertek (ETL), or Canadian Standards Association (CSA)”
- Placing decorations in their intended location indoors or outdoors. Indoor lights should never be placed outdoors and vice versa
- Purchase decorations from trusted retailers and brands to prevent buying dangerous counterfeits
- Register your electronic decorations with their enclosed warranty cards to get immediate notification of recalls
Taking these steps can help prevent your bringing defective products into your home, but may not be enough to eliminate all risks. This makes how you decorate and what you use to power your decorations very important considerations.
Tips for Safe Decorating
ESFI offers the following 12 Winter Holiday Safety Tips:
- Keep decorations at least three feet away from heat sources
- Make sure not to run cords under rugs or furniture, out of windows, or across walkways and sidewalks
- If you have a natural Christmas tree, water it to keep it fresh and safe.
- Always turn off your decorations when you leave your home and when you’re sleeping.
- If you’re using extension cords or adapters that add receptacles, consider having a qualified electrician add more outlets to your home
- Only use electronics in dry areas
- Phones and tablets should stay on your nightstand – overheated electronics under pillows and blankets are dangerous
- Every home needs a working smoke alarm in each bedroom, outside sleeping areas and on every level, including the basement
- If you’re using a space heater, switch it off before leaving the room
- Inspect your decorations and discard any that are damaged or worn out
- Keep batteries stored safely in their packaging and out of reach of anything that might try to eat them, like small children and pets
- Upgrade your Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter breakers or outlets
Taking these steps can help protect your family by preventing some of the most common causes of holiday decoration fires. However, even the safest and most responsible among us cannot always prevent an accident – and when these happen, you need an experienced attorney on your side who can help your family recover from the damages.
Burn Injury and Electrocution
Burn injury and electrocution can result in serious and lasting damage. When not fatal, these injuries may cause disfigurement, damage to muscle and bone, loss of function, and chronic pain. When these consequences are brought about by a defective or dangerous product, victims are entitled to seek compensation through a product liability lawsuit.
At Leventhal Sar LLC, we understand how frightening and confusing it can be to suffer injury from a holiday decoration in your own home. We also understand how insurance companies may spring into action to try and force a settlement before you talk to an attorney. Don’t waive your right to seek fair compensation. Call our office at 720-667-3030 to schedule a complimentary consultation and learn how we can help.
Located in Denver, Leventhal Sar LLC serves victims of defective products living throughout Northern Colorado and the Front Range.