Top 12 Christmas Safety Tips
While the holidays are coined by many as, “the most wonderful time of the year,” there are many safety hazards which could lead to a less than magical holiday season! Follow these guidelines to avoid common holiday accidents.
1. Keep Trees Clear of Heat Sources
Make sure your tree is not close in proximity to fireplaces or heaters. In addition, keep a fire extinguisher at all times. Between the needles and the sap, Christmas Trees are very flammable.
2. Keep Your Tree Hydrated
A dried out tree makes them even more flammable than before. You should check your tree’s water supply every other day. Starting out with a very green tree is a good way to avoid your tree drying out.
3. Fake Trees Are a Great Option!
When in the market for an artificial tree, make sure that the packaging says, “fire resistant” for an extra layer of protection.
4. The Fireplace Is Not a Spot for Wrapping Paper
Since paper burns so rapidly, it could cause flash fires if you try and burn wrapping paper in your fireplace. It’s a much better idea to recycle or reuse your wrapping paper.
Setting up Christmas lights can be dangerous, use a sturdy ladder with a dependable person at the base to hold you steady.
6. Always “Double Check!”
Make sure to replace frayed wires, broken bulbs, and loose connections. There is a recently renewed guidelines set by the CDC regarding safety for Christmas lights that you can view here.
7. Power Down Before You Power Down
Make sure all lights are off before going to bed (or leaving your house) to avoid electrical fires.
8. Take Care of Electrical Wires
Nails and tacks can damage the electrical wires on strings of lights. Opt for the safer option of hooks or insulated staples.
9. No Wobbly Candles
Make sure that candles do not rest on a wobbly base, and never leave lit candles unattended.
10. Opt for Durable Ornaments
And for those fragile ornaments, keep them out of the reach of children.
11. No Fake Food
Decorative food and candy can be tricky to young children and pets
12. Beware of Poisonous Plants
A Christmas staples, poinsettias, are poisonous when eaten. Keep these too out of the reach of young kids and pets.
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