Holiday Safety Tips

Robin Fenchel December 12, 2015

 

Holiday Faux PasHoliday Decorating Safety Tips

Decorating for the holiday season is in full swing.

You’ve been planing all the ways you can decorate your home for the holidays to celebrate the season, while keeping you and your family safe in your home. We’ve gathered this list of holiday decorating safety tips:

  • Don’t over crowd your space. In the same way that you plan which furniture to fit into a room, make sure your holiday decorations fit in the space you have planned for them.
  • Make sure there is space between your tree and the wall.
  • Keep trees and other holiday décor away from fireplaces.
  • Likewise, keep holiday decorations away from heaters and vents.
  • Do not overload your circuits. That means not plugging all the lights into one lightweight extension cord. Spread your electrical use among several circuits if you can.
  • Hide cords along walls or under furniture so that visitors and family don’t trip over them.
  • If you have small children or pets, consider putting a fence or barrier around the tree so that curious little ones or anxious pets cannot tip the tree over.
  • Avoid using holiday decorations that look like candy if small children might mistake them for the real thing.
  • Keep holiday candles safely away from greenery or other flammables.
  • Don’t use a space heater near where holiday wrapping paper might be discarded.
  • If you’re using a ladder to hang lights or decorate the holiday tree, have a second person there to hold the ladder steady to keep you safe.
  • When hanging lights from gutters, use gutter clips to avoid damaging your gutters or nailing holes in your roof that might later cause leaks.
  • Use outdoor rated extension cords, timers and holiday decorations outdoors.
  • Avoid wrapping handrails with prickly holiday decorations. Visitors to your home need to be able to use the railing for safety.
  • If you have a fresh tree or plants, keep them watered so that they don’t become over dry and turn into a fire hazard.
  • Keep fragile ornaments far out of reach of little hands.
  • If using a menorah or kinara in a window, make certain window coverings are tied and kept safely out of the way. Protect furniture from holiday candle drips and keep flame at least 12 inches away from anything flammable to keep you and your family and friends safe.
  • Make sure that older family members keep medicines safely put away out of sight of smaller family members.
  • Keep holiday plants (especially those with bright berries or that might be poisonous) out of reach of pets and children alike.

If you plan to have lots of guests, and to make your holiday safe, check with your new neighbors to make sure they know who belongs and who doesn’t. Make sure your holiday guests have plenty of room to park on cleaned driveways and have dry sidewalks to walk on.

Most of all, have a wonderful safe holiday filled with great memories of family and friends

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