Can you believe the holiday season has arrived? As we near the end of 2017 and look forward to all of the holiday festivities, it’s easy to let safety slip your mind while you decorate your home. Whether you’ve already decorated weeks ago, or are waiting till the last minute, safety is important. Here’s our top 5 tips for you to follow:
1)Stay away from heat. Make sure you place your Christmas tree away from fireplaces, heat ducts, radiators, and other heat sources in your home. Live, and artificial trees can go up in flames if placed near too much heat.
2)Hang ornaments carefully and strategically. To ensure none of your favorite ornaments come crashing down, make sure you place them out of reach from children and pets. Pro tip: buy “unbreakable” ornaments and place those at the bottom of the tree.
3)Stay hydrated. A dry tree is more likely to catch fire than a correctly watered tree. Ensure you are checking your water level daily and try to keep it in a container that can hold a large amount of water.
4)Throw wrapping paper away. Throwing used wrapping paper right into the fireplace could be more dangerous than you think. Wrapping paper catches fire quickly and could cause a flash fire. Recycle, or reuse!
5)Lights Out. Don’t forget to turn off all the Christmas lights before you go off to bed or leave the house! This will save you money on your energy bill as well as help prevent an electrical fire.
Of course, being in the home building industry, we love decorating and all it has to offer. We’d love to see your holiday décor! Do you have any holiday decorating safety tips? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!