Holiday decorating safety tips

The Christmas holiday season is one of the merriest times of
the year, but it can also be one of the deadliest because of the hazards
improper Christmas decorating can bring. By avoiding those hazards and paying
attention to safety tips for holidays, you will make the holidays happy and
safe for you and your family.


Trees.    Whey buying a live tree, make sure that
it’s fresh; an aged, dried out tree is a fire hazard.  Look for deep green needles with no evidence
of spray painting.  If many needles fall
off when the tree is tapped on the ground, or branches pull off and break
easily, this is an indication of an aged, dangerous tree.  A fresh tree will usually have sticky resin
on the trunk.  If you decide to use an artificial
make sure the label says “Fire Resistant”, so that if it does
catch fire it will extinguish quickly.
Be sure to place all trees, whether live or artificial, far enough away
from fireplaces, stoves, and radiators.
If your tree sits atop a heating vent, close that vent temporarily, and
be sure to keep the tree stand of live trees full of water.


Lighting.   Only
lights tested for safety (UL label) should be used, and those lights should be
inspected for frayed or bare wires, cracked sockets, or loose connections.  Replace bulbs with the same type and wattage,
so as not to cause overheating.  No more
than 3 strands of lights should be connected together, and verify that any
extension cord is rated for the intended use.
Electric lights should never be used on a metallic tree, as faulty
lights can pass on electric currents to humans.
Lastly, make sure to always turn off indoor and outdoor lights if you’re
not home, and before you go to bed; a timer is an inexpensive investment.  For outdoor lighting, make sure the lights
are certified for out for outdoor use, and stay far away from any electric
power lines.  Lastly, make sure outdoor
lights are plugged into circuits protected by ground-fault circuit-interrupters


Decorations.  All decorations should be
non-combustible or flame-resistant if possible, and pay attention to any small
items that could be ingested accidentally by children, or any sharp or
breakable items that could harm children.
Candles should be placed out of range of children and pets, and
certainly not near the tree or any fresh needles, and blown out when you’re not
in the room.  And lastly, as tempting as
it is to throw wrapping paper into the fireplace, a sudden intense ignition
could be dangerous.


So enjoy this Christmas with peace of mind by following
these safety tips for holidays.  Your
family is worth it!Holiday decorating safety tips