1/17/2012 - NFPA: Time to take down holiday displays
According to a recent report from the National Fire Protection Association, home fires are more common in the winter than any other season during the year.
The NFPA indicates that many of these home fires result from holiday lighting decorations, as between 2005 and 2009, an average of 150 home fires resulted from ornate displays, costing $8.5 million in property damage and homeowners insurance
"It’s not uncommon to see residents keeping lights and Christmas trees up past December," said Lorraine Carli, vice president of communications for the NFPA. "The reality is, continued use of seasonal lighting and dried-out Christmas trees can pose significant fire hazards in and outside the home."
Now that the holiday season has past, the NFPA encourages homeowners to take down their displays, especially trees, as because they dry out quickly, they can pose a fire hazard.
When unplugging and wrapping up decorations, NFPA recommends closely examining all of the cords to see if there's been any fraying or other damage. If there are loose connections or some of the wires are bare, they should be thrown away.