Tips for Holiday Safety
With the holidays right around the corner, it is the best time to pull out your big box of holiday decorations to get your home in the holiday spirit. While putting up all of your favorite decorations, it is important to make sure that you do all you can to protect you and your home from any accidents. Keep these holiday decorating safety tips in mind to ensure that an unfortunate incident does not ruin your holiday season.
- Check to make sure all of your lights have been tested for safety. All lights that are safe will have an “UL” label from Underwriters Laboratories to prove that they have been tested.
- Keep all “bubbling” lights out of reach of children. The bright colors of the lights can tempt children to try and play with them, which can cause the glass to break and cut them.
- Make sure all lights are turned off when you go to bed at the end of the night or when you leave the house. Lights can easily short and start a dangerous fire in your home.
- Never overload outlets with too many lights. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under heaters to prevent them from being damaged.
- Never plug more than three strands of lights into a single extension cord at the same time. If you need to, use another extension cord plugged into a separate outlet.
- Lights are either rated for indoor or outdoor use, not for both. Make sure to only use lights in the appropriate areas.
- If you are putting up a live tree in your home, make sure that it is as fresh as possible. Never place the tree in front of a heat source, such as a heat vent or radiator.