By Brandon Enroth
As Christmas decorations become more extravagant every year, so does the chances of potential risk in your home if your electronic decorations aren’t taken care of correctly. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, Some type of electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in one-third (35%) of the reported home Christmas tree fires in a study conducted between 2010-2014. Town of Liberty Grove/Village of Sister Bay Fire Chief Chris Hect says it is easy to forget about these safety tips around the holidays given everything that is going on.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, candles start 38% of home decoration structure fires. Hect recommended along with monitoring decorations in the house, residents should also get their carbon monoxide and smoke detectors checked as well. Candles are always forgot about when people are heading to bed, and can catch on to anything flammable such as tinsel, or holiday curtains. Many retailers sell light timers that have become popular, so that the lights can be shut on and off automatically. These timers can be used for both outdoor and indoor lighting as well.