Christmas Decorating Safety Tips
Well the turkey dinner has turned into leftovers, the family has headed home and now it’s time to decorate! This is one of our favorite times of the year. Aside from offering exterior holiday light services, we also would love to make sure you know how to stay safe while decorating the inside of your house, and while decorating your Christmas tree! Check out these holiday decorating safety tips below to insure that you’re safely decorating your house!
1. Beware of Heat Sources
Whether you use a real or fake tree, it’s important to make sure that you don’t place it near a fireplace or heating vents. A tree catching fire is sure to ruin the holiday, and potentially your home!
2. Hydrate your tree
If you go with a real Christmas tree, it’s important to make sure that it gets enough water. Not only will making sure your tree insure that your tree looks it’s best, it will also make sure that your tree is less likely to catch fire if something goes wrong with lighting or heat sources.
3. Go Fake
Many families choose to go with a fake tree to minimize future costs and to make it easier by having your tree already at home when it’s time to set it up. This is a great route to take, but you want to make sure that if you choose an artificial tree that you choose one that is certified to be fire resistant. When buying an artificial tree, look for a UL label to know that it’s been certified to be fire resistant.
4. Work With a Team
When decorating an especially tall tree, it’s important to use a proper ladder, and more importantly to make sure you have someone helping you. You want to make sure that your ladder is being held securely, and that you have two sets of eyes on any hazards.
5. Double-check Lights
According to the NFPA, 44% of fires during Christmas were started by electrical distribution or lighting equipment. It’s especially important to make sure that all of your lighting is in working order. Check for broken, bulbs, frayed or broken cords, and that all plugs are in working order.
6. Power Down When Unattended
While you’re asleep or out of your house, there is no one to make sure that should something go wrong that your house won’t catch fire. This is why it’s important to turn your decoration lights off when you go to bed and when you leave your house. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
7. Prevent Electrical Cord Damage
Using nails to secure your lights is asking for trouble. Nails are very likely to cut or fray your cords, which can cause electrical fires. Better to use staples, or even better, command hooks. This will help prevent dangerous frays to your cables.
8. Secure All Candles
Candles are warm and inviting, but are a for sure fire hazard. Make sure your candles are on a secure base and are far away from anything flammable. Or even better, use these handy LED candles!
Have A Great Holiday Season!
Whether you have a fake tree, a real tree or no tree at all, Christmas is a time for celebrating with family! From our family to yours, we here at kind home solutions hope that you have a fantastic holiday!