Utility companies are warning homeowners about the dangers of electrical fires during the holiday season.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. Fire Departments responded to an average of 170 house fires annually sparked by Christmas trees between 2012 through 2016. These fires caused an average of four deaths, 15 injuries, and $12 million dollars in property damage each year.
Faulty electrical distribution or lighting equipment was linked to 43 percent of home Christmas tree fires.
Entergy Texas advises that residents take safety precautions when decorating this season. They suggest these best practices when decorating indoors:
It is critical to follow these safety steps when decorating outside:
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