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Decorating for the Holidays, Safety First

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Decorating for the Holidays, Safety First

The holiday season is a time for celebration and joy. We decorate our homes with twinkling lights, Christmas trees, wreaths, and more to create a festive atmosphere. However, it’s important to remember that these decorations can also pose safety hazards.

Electrical Safety

  • Adhere to all installation and safety instructions regarding decorative lights.
  • Inspect both newly purchased and old lights used in previous years and dispose of any that have cracks, exposed wires, or loose connections.
  • Avoid connecting more than three sets of decorative lights to a single extension cord.
  • Unplug lights and other electrical decorations whenever they are unattended, including while you are sleeping.
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupting (GFCI) outlets for outdoor lights and ensure these decorations’ plugs are kept away from snow, ice, and water.

Tree Safety

  • Set up Christmas trees at least three feet away from heat sources, such as fireplaces, radiators, and vents.
  • Do not keep Christmas trees in your home for over two weeks, as they may become dry and present a significant fire hazard.
  • Secure Christmas trees to a sturdy base to prevent them from tipping over.

Ornament Safety

  • Hang breakable ornaments and those with detachable parts at higher levels to ensure they are out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Avoid using ornaments that resemble candy or food, as children may try to eat them.
  • Choose ornaments made from non-toxic materials, such as wood, plastic, or glass.

Poisonous Plants

  • Arrange potentially poisonous plants, such as holly berries and mistletoe, in areas that are out of the reach of children and pets.
  • If you have any concerns about the safety of a plant, contact your local poison control center.

Additional Safety Tips

  • Keep candles away from flammable materials, such as curtains, furniture, and Christmas trees.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Use a fireplace screen to prevent sparks from flying out.
  • Have a working fire extinguisher in your home.
  • Create a fire escape plan and practice it with your family.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your home is safe and festive during the holiday season.

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