The holiday season is all about festivities, celebrations, and enjoying fun activities with the family. However, it is undeniable that many of our favorite holiday events carry the risk of fire or electrical injury if done carelessly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical issues caused by decorations, such as faulty wiring, are responsible for two out of every five Christmas tree fires in the country.
If you know what to look for when decorating your home, you can easily keep your family safe during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Here are a few tips for you that will keep you safe and sound!
1) Decorative Lights
There are a couple of ways to safely decorate your home. Fasten lights securely to the walls and the roof of your house to avoid fatal hazards in case of strong winds or bad weather. Turn off the lights when you go to sleep. Avoid decorating metallic trees with lights. Metal and electricity is never a good idea as it brings the possibility of electrocution into the mix. Also, always adequately test any lights before using them.
A fireplace is the heart of a home during celebrations. Make sure that you keep flammable items such as wrapping papers and evergreen boughs away from the hearth. Install a good fire screen to prevent ashes and embers from escaping. If you have decorated your fireplace, make sure to remove all decorations from the mantle before lighting a fire. Lastly, extinguish the embers properly when you call it a night!
3) Christmas Trees
Do you prefer a real Christmas tree over an artificial one? If so, be sure you keep it green and fresh, as dry trees catch fire easily. Never plug more than three strings of lights together. If you need to do so, use a power strip instead. If you are going for an artificial tree, make sure that it is fire resistant. Keep your tree away from the fireplace or any other heat source.
4) Cooking And Baking
Take extra precautions while cooking and baking during the holidays! Keep your children away from the stove and store all potentially dangerous items safely. Clean up any greasy spills while you are at it. When deep frying something, make sure that there are no distractions around. Lastly, never leave the kitchen unattended.
5) Menorahs And Candles
If you like to decorate your home with menorahs or candles during the holidays, place them carefully around the house. Be sure to keep them out of reach of any children, and make sure they have a sturdy surface, so they aren’t easily knocked over.
6) Fake And Poisonous Decorations
Young children, in a home full of decorations, can be hard to keep track off, which is why it’s a good idea to avoid using hazardous decorative items such as fake candy canes and even holly berries. These berries, when consumed, can cause severe abdominal cramps in children. If you have any of these decorations around your home, please keep them out of the children’s reach.
7) Emergency Planning
It is always wise to be prepared. In case of emergency, have a plan for your family, and ensure everyone has it memorized. Having an emergency or evacuation plan is a good practice for any time of the year, not just the holidays.
So there you have it! The best ways to keep your family happy and safe amidst the busiest time of the year. Just follow the tips mentioned above, and you’ll have a jolly good time!