Holiday Decorating Safety: Our Top Tinsel Tips

holiday decorating safety

With just one week until Christmas, the holidays are truly upon us. If you haven’t yet started your holiday decorating, now is the time to break out the lights and the tinsel. To make sure your holiday is safe as well as festive, check out our top holiday decorating safety tips.

Trees

  • If you choose an artificial tree, make sure to pick one that is labeled “fire resistant.” These trees are less likely to catch fire.
  • If you decide to go with a live tree, make sure to choose a fresh tree. Fresh trees are green, and their needles are hard to pull off and don’t break when you bend them.
  • Keep your live tree hydrated. A dry tree is much more likely to catch fire. Trim a couple of inches off the bottom of the tree’s trunk to improve water absorption, and make sure to water it regularly.
  • Keep your tree away from fires and other heat sources. Also make sure the tree is not in the way of any walking paths to help prevent injury.

Lights

  • Double check all your lights for frayed wires and broken bulbs to avoid fires and potential injuries.
  • Choose lights that have been inspected by an independent testing company to ensure that they are safe for use.
  • Make sure to choose indoor/outdoor lights for outside decorating. It is not safe to use indoor only lights outside.
  • Don’t overload outlets or extension cords. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions to determine how many sets of lights can be safely connected.
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity and could cause electrocution.
  • When hanging lights outside, use a wooden or plastic ladder. A metal ladder could cause electrocution. Make sure to fasten lights securely to prevent damage and keep all decorations at least ten feet from any power lines.
  • Turn off all lights before leaving your home and when you go to bed. A fire started in your absence could prove disastrous. If you’re the forgetful type, set your lights on a timer.

Other Decorations

  • If you have a fireplace, make sure to have it inspected annually before lighting your first fire. It’s important to keep your flue clean and clear of debris.
  • Never burn your wrapping paper in a fireplace. This could cause a flash fire that gets out of control quickly. Also keep all discarded wrapping away from the fireplace.
  • When choosing decorations and ornaments, try to use items made from fire resistant materials.
  • Keep the safety of your kids and pets in mind when placing decorations. Put breakable or potentially dangerous items where little hands and paws can’t reach.
  • Do your homework before choosing a live tree or other holiday greenery. Some common holiday plants are poisonous to dogs and cats.
  • Don’t burn candles near any flammable materials, and never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Use common sense and stay alert to any potential danger areas. Careful attention to detail is the best safety measure.

How do you stay safe during the holidays? Don’t forget to like and share!

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