Now that the holidays are here people are decorating all across the country. Holiday decorating is a beautiful and attractive custom with all the colored lights and festive decoration. Just remember that it’s important to make sure all your decorating is safe. You can avoid a potentially bad situation by remembering some of these holiday decorating safety tips.
For a variety of reasons, these days many people are choosing to go with artificial trees. But if you are more of a traditionalist who prefers a live tree there is one big safety recommendation to be aware of. 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. Also keep your tree hydrated so it won’t dry up.
As mentioned before, many people choose artificial trees over living for many reasons. There are also some safety considerations for these. Just as with a live tree, it’s best to keep these trees away from heat sources. If you buy an artificial tree, make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant.” Fire-resistant trees are less susceptible to catching fire.
Everybody uses wrapping paper for various purposes and at some point, you’ll need to dispose of it. Never burn your wrapping paper in the fireplace. Paper can catch fire very quickly and can cause flash fires. Instead, recycle (or better yet, reuse!) your wrapping paper.
Stringing Christmas lights may seem like a simple task and for the most part it is, but it can also be dangerous. When stringing lights and decorations above your normal reach, make sure you use a proper ladder with someone supporting the base.
Before installing all those lights, make sure and give them a good going through. Replace any lights with frayed wires, broken sockets, and loose connections.
It’s always fun to decorate for the holidays, just make sure to keep it safe.