The holiday season is here, and we’re excited to share in the holiday spirit! It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities, and while you’re busy decorating the house, safety may be one of the last things on your mind.
To ensure you have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season with your friends and family, here are 12 tips to keep in mind as you deck out your home:
Place your tree away from fireplaces and heaters, and keep a fire extinguisher near your tree. Live trees are highly flammable, due to needles and sap.
A dried-out tree can catch fire faster than one that has been properly watered. Check the water level every other day to ensure proper hydration. Starting with a green tree is one way to keep it from drying out so quickly.
If you buy an artificial tree, make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant.” Fire-resistant trees are less susceptible to catching fire.
Paper can catch fire very quickly and can cause flash fires. Instead, recycle (or better yet, reuse!) your wrapping paper.
When stringing lights and decorations above your normal reach, make sure you use a proper ladder with someone supporting the base.
Replace any lights with frayed wires, broken sockets, and loose connections.
Turn off all lights when you go to bed and before leaving the house to avoid a short that could start an electrical fire.
Don’t mount lights in a way that might damage the cords, and avoid using nails or tacks. Use hooks or insulated staples instead.
Keep candles on a sturdy base to prevent tipping. Never leave a lit candle unattended.
If you have fragile ornament, place them out of reach from pets and kids.
Avoid decorations that look like candy or food if you have young children — or pets — in the house.
While festive, poinsettias are poisonous when eaten, so keep them out of reach of kids and pets.
Hope everyone has a Safe and Happy holiday!