Holiday Decorating Safety Tips
TREES. If you decide to go with a real tree this Holiday season, be sure the tree is fresh. You can determine whether or not the tree is fresh simply by looking at the needles. Fresh needles are difficult to pull from the branches and will not break when you bend them. Real trees aren’t your thing? No problem! Most artificial trees are fire resistant.
LIGHTING. Always be sure to check each set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, regardless how new the lights are. To prevent an electrical fire, never use more than three standard-size sets of lights per extension cord. Be sure to steer clear of electric lights on your metallic tree as they may cause electrocution. Lastly, always remember to turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house.
CANDLES. Never use candles on a tree or near any evergreens. When using candles (away from your tree of course), make sure you’re always using non-flammable candle holders. Avoid any potential fire hazards by making sure your candles are kept away from children and that you never leave a candle burning unattended.
TRIMMINGS. Always avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable, especially in homes with small children present. Keep trimmings away from children, especially those with small removable parts, as they can be easily swallowed. Also be sure to avoid any trimming that resemble candy or food, as a child could easily eat them.
FIRE PLACE. It just wouldn’t be the holidays without a cup of hot chocolate and a warm fire to cozy up to. But before you start that fire; be sure to remove all greens, papers and all other decorations in the surrounding area. To avoid a fire hazard, you’ll also want to make sure you keep your fireplace screen closed while the fire is burning.