Tips for Staying Safe While Decorating Your Home for the Holidays
Before you know it, holiday festivities will be in full blast. Decorating your home for the holidays can be a fun activity for the family, but it can also lead to safety hazards if precautions are not taken. Follow these tips to keep your home safe this holiday season.
Keep your tree hydrated and away from heat sources.
A dried-out tree is much more likely to catch on fire than a hydrated tree, so make sure to add water often! It’s also important to keep your tree away from your heater or fireplace, as trees are highly flammable – dried out or not.
Check your lights!
First, make sure to replace any lights that have frayed ends or broken sockets. Additionally, consider replacing incandescent lights with LED lights. Not only do LED lights use 90% less energy and last longer than incandescent lights, they also create light without heat, making LED lights a safer option.
When using a ladder to hang decorations up high, make sure you have someone around to support the base.
Turn lights off!
When leaving the house or going to sleep, turn off all your lights to help prevent lights from cutting short and starting an electrical fire.
Keep fragile ornaments out of children’s reach.
This is pretty self-explanatory, but hang glass ornaments up high on your tree to avoid accidents.
Check extension cords before plugging in lights!
Before plugging multiple strings of lights into one extension cord, compare the wattage rating or “load” of the cord with the power requirements of the lights you want to plug in. If the power requirements exceed the wattage rating/load of the cord, fire can occur.