For many families, festive gatherings of relatives, friends, and neighbors are an important part of the holiday season. According to a recent ESFI consumer survey, more than sixty percent of holiday guests will be accompanied by children under the age of eighteen. It is up to adults to make sure that childhood curiosity does not result in disastrous consequences.
Every day, 7 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for electrical shock and burn injuries caused by tampering with a wall outlet, according to statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Seventy percent of child-related electrical accidents occur at home, when adult supervision is present.
Keep child safety in mind as you prepare your home for the holidays. Look for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees, and electrical outlets. Additional planning may be necessary if you plan to host young guests and do not currently have childproofing measures in place.
|The winter holiday season is traditionally a festive and eventful time of year. Celebrations, family gatherings and visits from houseguests traditionally increase in number during the season.
Unfortunately, statistics show that incidents of home fires and electrical accidents typically increase during winter months. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 30 percent of home fire and 38 percent of home fire deaths occur during the months of December, January, and February.
There are steps that can be taken to reduce the risks of death and injury from a home fire this holiday season. It is critical that families keep fire safety in mind while enjoying this festive, exciting and extremely busy time of year.