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Holiday Home Decorating Safety Tips

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Tis the season to deck the halls, but you must do so safely, or you could spend the holiday season in the hospital. Here are some practical holiday homes decorating safety tips to help keep you safe while making your home merry and bright.

 

Get help with outdoor decorating

 

If you want to hang lights from your roof or upper levels of your home, be sure to use a sturdy ladder and enlist a second set of hands to hold it. If the weather is icy, be especially careful. Use de-icer or rock salt to get rid of the ice before you attempt to hang your decorations and lights.

 

Don’t overpower your outlets

 

Be careful not to use too many lights in one outlet. Use a single power strip per outlet if you need more spaces to plug things in, and keep the cords neatly tucked away to avoid trip hazards.

 

Also, never use indoor lights outside. Only use lights that are designed for outdoor use when decorating the outside of your home.

 

Be smart about your Christmas tree

 

Fresh trees hold more moisture than ones that have been cut for several days. Moister trees pose less of a fire hazard than dry ones, so keep your live tree watered and away from heaters, radiators and fireplaces.

 

Make sure the tree is anchored securely and weighted down to avoid it falling over and hurting someone.

If you are using an artificial tree, look for a label that indicates the tree is fire resistant.

 

Take care with candles

 

Candles may be pretty during the holiday season, but house fires are not. Be sure to extinguish all candles before going to bed or leaving the house, and never leave children or pets unattended with lit candles. Also, never place lit candles near or on a live tree, since the needles can dry out quickly and catch fire.

 

Decorating with plants

 

Plants may be a pretty way to decorate your home, but be sure to keep them away from pets and small children. Some plants, such as holly and mistletoe, are particularly toxic if eaten. Make sure your pets and children can’t reach these, or use artificial ones instead.

 

Take the time to decorate your home safely, so you can have a very merry Christmas and healthy New Year.