With the passing of Thanksgiving, it’s now time for us to focus on Christmastime. In my home we’re putting up the Christmas tree and decorating, getting into the Christmas spirit.
I always love how our home looks and feels after all the decorations are put up. However, it’s quite a hassle to bring everything down from the attic, check, untangle and test the lights, sort the bulbs, and plan where to put the tree and other decor. But to protect my investments (family and home), it’s worth it.
Also, with all the twinkling lights, ladder-climbing, cords, and extensions everywhere, we must always keep safety in mind. During the holidays thousands of people are treated at hospitals and other emergency facilities for cuts, shock, and falls from hanging lights, and insurance companies report millions of dollars in property loss due to fires involving Christmas trees.
How Can We Reduce the Risk?
Here are a few tips that will reduce and minimize emergencies in our homes. When purchasing an artificial tree, make sure that it is flame resistant (won’t burn easily) and keep extinguishers nearby just in case. If you are purchasing a live tree, look for a fresh, green tree that won’t lose many of its needles. Also, location of the tree is very important. Keep them away from radiators, fireplaces, and avoid blocking exits.
Lighting, such as Christmas lights and candles, can pose problems as well. Strung lights that have loose or frayed cords or broken bulbs should be thrown away. If you’re not at home or going to bed for the night, all lights need to be turned off and candles blown out. It’s very important to note that all lighters or matches should not be within in reach (or sight) of children. Not only should we secure our lighting, but our ladders as well. Use a hefty, sturdy ladder and have a spotter nearby for added safety.
While doing all these things, have a good time with family and make memories to laugh and smile over. Avoid making memories that leave us with regret.
- Safety of Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Trees (christmastreeforme.com)
- Concord couple decks the halls with thousands of Christmas lights (charlotte.news14.com)
- Deck the Halls – Holiday Decorating Safety Tips – Rent.com | The Shared Wall (rent.com)