November 30, 2020
Lights, decorations and more lights! Take a look around Clarksdale, and you’ll notice unmistakable signs that the holidays are here. This is also the time of year that Clarksdale Public Utilities reminds customers to avoid electrical and fire hazards by decorating safely.
“Seeing homes and yards come to life with lights and decorations is a favorite part of the holiday season,” said Curtis D. Boschert, CPU general manager. “It is easy to forget sometimes that decorations can pose hazards that can lead to accidents and injuries. We want to help our customers celebrate safely by taking a few extra steps to protect their homes and families.”
Fire is a serious threat during the holidays, and Christmas trees are a leading cause. Between 2013 and 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires annually that started with Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment were involved in 44 percent of Christmas tree fires.
The easiest way to avoid Christmas tree fires is to use an artificial tree made with fire-resistant materials, which are safer to light and decorate. For those who prefer real trees, 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.
CPU encourages customers to follow these additional tips to avoid electrical and fire hazards:
For more tips, visit Electrical Safety Foundation International at https://www.esfi.org/.
“We encourage customers to make electrical safety a priority during the holidays and throughout the year,” Boschert said. “We wish all of our customers 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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