We know how excited homeowners are when the holidays are just around the corner. This year, we've put together a list of some tips and tricks to make sure your home is safe when you get in the holiday spirit.
Keep your tree healthy, hydrated, and away from heat.
If you choose to have a real Christmas tree in your home, it’s important to make sure that your lovely decoration doesn’t become a fire hazard! To do so, make sure to keep your tree hydrated and definitely away from any heat that could ignite your tree.
Get someone to spot you when hanging lights!
The ER is never fun, but especially not when you’d much rather be spending time with your family during the holidays. If you are planning on hanging lights on your home, make sure that you are not alone when scaling to new heights on your ladder. No matter how confident you feel in your ability to hang lights solo, it’s always better to be safe than sorry in case of a fall. Plus, hanging Christmas lights makes for a fun group activity!
Keep small decorations away from the reach of kids and pets.
While that glass gingerbread cookie ornament might look delicious, it’s safe to say that glass does not belong in any human or animal’s mouth. Make sure to keep your loved ones, furry or otherwise, safe this holiday season by keeping small decorations out of the reach of children and pets.
Make sure you’re using appropriate and safe lighting both indoors and outdoors.
It’s important to purchase decorative lights that have passed certain safety tests and been deemed safe for consumers to use in their homes. These lights will always have a UL (Underwriters Laboratories) tag to mark them as meeting a certain standard for fire safety and electrical safety.
Additionally, some lights are only meant to be used indoors, whereas others can be used both indoors and outdoors. Lights with a red label are appropriate for indoor and outdoor use, whereas lights with a green label are only meant for use indoors.
Last but not least- have fun!