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Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

December 03, 2020

Can you believe the holiday season has arrived? As we near the end of 2020 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:


Steer clear 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 and how sad would that be? Christmas trees are normally the focal point of all decoration, so we want to keep them safely away from burning. 

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. No one wants that passed down family ornament shattering all over your new floors!

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. This will also help the tree stay alive and healthy longer! This is a key tip for those who decorated early this year. 

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. Your best bet for this is  to recycle, or reuse! 

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.

Pro Tip: Buy an automatic timer for your tree and outdoor lights so that you don't have to worry about this! They are inexpensive and a total life saver!


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! 

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