The holidays are upon us and our office is already getting into the holiday decorating. While putting up lights and garlands are a joyous activity, it is important to be aware of fire hazards and other safety concerns while decorating. We have a our top ten tips to make sure nothing goes awry with your holiday decorations:
- If you are buying a live tree, check for a fresh tree. The needles should be hard to remove and the bottom of the tree should be sticky with resin.
- Avoid placing trees where they may get too hot, such as near a fireplace, vent, or heater.
- Be sure to hydrate your tree and water it regularly! Dried trees are highly flammable!
- If using an artificial tree, look for a ‘fire-resistant’ certification!
Select a fresh tree and be sure to water it regularly!
- Check your lights for broken bulbs or sockets and open wires. Replace any broken or burnt out bulbs.
- If using an extension cord, be sure that it is compatible with the intended use.
- When placing lights outside, ensure that they are okay for outdoor use and secure lights tightly to prevent wind damage.
- If small children are in your home, be mindful of where you place sharp or delicate decorations. Keep these decorations in a place where children will not run into them. Be especially careful with glass decorations and ornaments that may break and present a hazard. Place delicate ornaments higher on your tree and out of reach from younger children.
- Turn indoor and outdoor lights off before you go to sleep to allow them to cool.
- While candles add an elegant holiday ambiance, they are also a common source of holiday fires. If you are using candles to decorate, never leave a lit candle unattended and be sure to keep them away from flammable items such as drapes, curtains, garlands, trees, or stockings. A great alternative to an open flame candle are LED candles!
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