Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

‘Tis the season for twinkling lights and jolly home decor. Unfortunately, it can also be the season of injuries. About 15,000 injuries result from holiday decorating during November and December, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Find out how to protect yourself and your home with these tips.

1. Lights

Indoor and outdoor lights should be inspected for fraying wires or broken bulbs before they are used as decoration. Broken lights should be replaced or repaired. Be sure that you are using lights according to their recommended use — indoor lights are different than outdoor ones, and they shouldn’t interchange. Once you have a solid set of lights, place them in a place where they can be securely fastened and won’t interfere with main points of entry to the home. Be very careful when using a ladder to reach those hard-to-reach places. The CPSC reported that falls accounted for 43% of holiday injuries in 2012.

If you’re planning on setting up a National Lampoon’s light display extravaganza, then you might need to do your math. If you’re not careful, you can blow a fuse or ruin your lights. Be sure to take voltage into account when connecting to a power supply. For more information on calculating voltage, take a look at this article from DoItYourself.com.

2. Candles

According to a report put out by the National Fire Protection Agency, candles account for 51% of all of the home fires involving home decorating in the month of December. You should always be extra careful when it comes to open flames, and the holidays are no exception. If you’re planning on hosting a holiday shindig, then you’ll want to aware of where those candles are as your quests are rocking around the Christmas tree. Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. If you’re planning on placing garland or other decorations near candles, make sure that they are not close enough to come in contact with the flame or potentially be damaged by the heat. Always, blow out candles when leaving the house.

3. Trees & Trimmings

There’s nothing like a festive tree to bring in the holiday spirit. If you choose a live tree, place it somewhere where it won’t block doorways. Watering your tree and pruning away broken branches will reduce the risks of a potential fire.

Fake trees are a great option if you’re looking for something more low-maintenance, and many will be fire resistant. If you’re unsure, check the box that the tree came in for more information.

When it comes to trimming your tree, placement is key. Keep fragile ornaments out of the reach of small hands by placing them higher on the tree. Be aware that your furry friends will also be curious about ornaments and garlands, especially those made from edible materials.

Happy Holidays from TurboTenant!

 
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