Tis the season to break out the decorations and don the twinkly lights, trees, holiday décor and merriment. We love this season, but we know it’s easy to get swept up in the moment and overlook a few holiday hazards that can arise. For safety purposes, we have compiled a list of tips for how to keep your homes and family safe and happy this holiday season.
Start with the basics. Clear paper and cardboard products away from furnace or electrical cords, and store fuel cans and combustibles in a safely outdoors. Cleaning supplies should also be stored well away from candles and other open flame sources.
Running lights after the peak hours (five p.m. and six p.m.) is a great way to protect the environment. It also helps avoid brownouts and breaker overloads. Just be sure to turn off the lights when leaving home to save money — this will prevent the chance of a tree fire or electrical short.
Speaking of trees, remember to check the tree for water every other day. While you’re at it, inspect light strands for damage. Worn insulation and bare wires should always be discarded. Check for crimped and cracked cords too.
While it’s key to keep the indoor area safe, don’t forget about the exterior of your home as well. To start, always keep lights and electrical cords up from the ground and away from gutters. Never use metal to hang lights, instead try electrical tape or plastic hangers.
Although it may be tempting to buy cheap lights, stick with top brand names as much as you can. Be sure to buy products that have UL or other certifications for optimum protection. When it comes to hanging your twinkly lights, stay safe on ladders by choosing the right size for the job. Use a stepladder for projects that are just out of reach instead of a full-sized ladder, and be sure to have a spotter.
If you plan to gather round a fire for smores this holiday season, be sure to use protection to prevent wayward sparks and embers which can quickly become a home fire hazard. Take the time to check smoke alarms. Now is a perfect chance to check carbon monoxide detectors too!
Holidays can sure make the home feel magical. We hope yours will be full of laughter and joy, and that you and your loved ones feel safe and celebrated throughout this holiday season!
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