November 25, 2019
The holidays wouldn’t be the same without twinkling lights and Christmas trees, but these favorite traditions can also create hazards. That’s why Clarksdale Public Utilities is sharing tips to help customers decorate safely and prevent accidents and injuries.
"Brightening our community with holiday lights is a great tradition, but we urge everyone to be aware of their surroundings to avoid electrical hazards and to prevent fires,” said Curtis D. Boschert, CPU general manager. “Taking a few extra steps to keep homes and families safe can definitely lead to more joyful celebrations."
Christmas trees are the leading cause of house fires during the holidays. The National Fire Protection Association reports that between 2013 and 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires annually that started with Christmas trees. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment were involved in 44 percent of Christmas tree fires.
The simplest way to avoid Christmas tree fires is to invest in an artificial tree made with fire-resistant materials, which are safer to light and decorate. If real trees are preferred, make sure they are fresh when purchased and kept well-watered. Once a tree dries out, it is no longer safe to keep indoors and should be removed immediately.
Additional tips to avoid electrical and fire hazards include:
“CPU encourages customers to always practice electrical safety, not just during the holidays but throughout the year,” Boschert said. “We hope all of our customers have a safe and happy holiday season.”
Clarksdale Public Utilities is a municipally owned utility serving approximately 6,800 homes and businesses in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Its mission is to safely provide sustainable electric, water and wastewater services in a reliable and courteous manner by well-trained team members, committed to top quality, efficient operations, competitive rates and the vitality of the community.
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