With the holidays rapidly approaching, it’s time to start decorating your home! With all of the holiday decor coming into play, it is important to ensure that property safety precautions are being taken. Sure, you want to have the biggest tree and the grandest light show, but make sure that safety is kept in mind at all times. Keep reading for some safety tips for the holidays.
Lights & Electricity
Before going through all the work of hanging your lights, test them for safety! Replace any with frayed wires, broken sockets, and loose connections. Then, when hanging them, don’t mount them in a way that could damage the cords or overload a socket or extension cord.
When setting up your tree, make sure that it is placed away from any heat sources such as the fireplace or space heater. Trees are highly flammable and can cause severe damage should they catch on fire. A little planning at setup can go along way in ensuring your safety. On that same note, remember to hydrate your tree regularly. The dryer it is, the more flammable it will be. If anything, an artificial, fire-resistant tree is a great option!
Beware of Poisonous Plants
There are many beautiful plants that you may want to bring into your home during the holidays, but it is important to be aware of the risk that they can pose. Some popular plants can be poisonous or toxic, especially to children or pets, such as Holly, Poinsettia, and Mistletoe.
Nothing sets a mood more than candles, but sometimes it is better to be safe than sorry. Candles can be easily knocked over or forgotten about, leading to fire damage and a very sad holiday. Instead, consider investing in some fake candles; they will have the same effect with significantly less risk.
Now that it’s the perfect time of year to start decorating for the holiday season, be sure to keep the aforementioned tips in mind at all times. If you have any other advice for your neighbors or fellow readers, be sure to let us know in the comments below. Have a happy and safe holiday!