Holiday Decor Safety Tips
No one wants to spoil the cheer of the holiday season, but Christmas decor in the home can present many safety hazards. A main concern with Christmas decor is fire danger, often brought on by the combination of electrical malfunctions and highly flammable decorations such as trees, garland, candles, and strings of lights. Even if you already put up your Christmas tree and lights around and outside your home, it wouldn’t hurt to take a second look.
Below are some basic tips to help ensure your family has nothing but a merry holiday season:
- When it comes to live trees, fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
- When your tree begins to drop its needles, it’s time to say goodbye to your evergreen foliage until next year.
- Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
- Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights such as- exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.
- Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
- Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
- Bedtime means lights off! Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.
- Spraying artificial snow can irritate your lungs if inhaled; follow directions carefully.
- Decorate the tree with your kids in mind; move ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks toward the top.
- Always use a proper stepladder, don’t stand on chairs or other furniture.
- Plants can spruce up your holiday decorating, but keep those that may be poisonous (including some Poinsettias) out of reach of children or pets.
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