Holiday Decor Safety Tips

Fret not! By following a safety few tips, you can keep your family safe and sound during the holidays.

When You Decorate Your Christmas Tree
1) When buying a live tree, make sure that it is fresh. You can check that by pulling its needles from branches. If the needles are hard to break and don’t come off easily, that’s the one for you.
2) Keep live trees away from heat sources. This includes both the fireplace and the heater. Also, make sure always to keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
3) Keep your tree hydrated, as a dried-out tree is more prone to fire.
4) If you are using an artificial Christmas tree, make sure that it is fire resistant.
5) Candle decorations should be kept on a level surface and away from the reach of children.
6) If you are using wrapping papers in decoration, be sure to keep them away from the fire.
7) Use only unbreakable ornaments for the decorations.
8) Avoid using fake food decorations such as plastic candy canes or grapes. Children are drawn to them and can even consume them.
9) Skip using poinsettias this time. They are poisonous when eaten.
10) Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree.
11) When dealing with angel hair, make sure that you have worn gloves to avoid irritation.
12) Keep combustible items like wrapping papers, bags, ribbons, and bows away from the fireplace.

When Dealing With Holiday Lights
1) When you set up the lights in your home, be sure that there are no cracks or frayed wires. If there are some damaged strands, replace them as quickly as possible.
2) When using a ladder, make sure that the ladder is placed securely on the ground before climbing. Also, be wary of overhead power lines as you work on lights and trees.
3) Buy only certified lights, those that are approved by Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
4) When placing the lights, never hammer tacks into the electrical cords. Use hooks or insulated staples instead.
5) You can use extension cords if needed. However, make sure that they are heavy-duty and don’t get overload easily. Use no more than three sets of standard lights per cord.
6) Only those lights that are certified to be used for outdoor decorations.
7) Be sure to turn off the lights at night before you go to bed and when you are away from your home.
8) Place the cords in areas that are less visited by people. This is to reduce the possibility of tripping.
9) Check the manufacturer’s instruction carefully before you use any of your decorations.
10) Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. Such trees become charged with electricity and increase the chances of electrocution.

By following the tips above, you can quickly ensure the safety of your loved ones and have a good time enjoying all of the festivities!