There’s so much going on during the holidays that even a minor mishap can throw everything off track. That’s why you should take steps to ensure that your home is well protected from the unexpected accidents and potential catastrophes that can derail the merriest of seasons. Holiday safety is no joke, and ensuring that you and yours are well protected and ready for anything can mean the difference between enjoying the Christmastime festivities and fielding disaster. These simple holiday safety tips can keep things merry and bright.
Avoid Holiday Hazards
- Safety in lights. It might come as a surprise that those beautiful twinkling strands that adorn your tree and your home can be dangerous if you’re not careful. Before you decorate, inspect every strand of lights for frayed cords, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections, and discard any that you find. A jaunt to the corner store for a new strand of lights is a small price to pay to avoid a holiday crisis.
- Tree health. If you can’t resist the scent of freshly cut fir (or just can’t abide an artificial tree in your living room), make sure your tree is REALLY fresh. The more recently it has been cut, the more resistant it will be to fire hazards. Keep your tree well away from open flame and make sure it has a good supply of fresh water.
- Outdoor decor. Hanging outdoor lights? Don’t use Clark Griswold for inspiration. Make sure all electrical connectors are kept off the ground and away from metal rain gutters. Use insulated tape or plastic clips instead of metal tacks to hold them in place. If you use a ladder, make sure it’s secure, and enlist the help of a friend or family member to keep you steady.
- Be alarmed. Now is as good a time as ever to make sure your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. Test them, replace old batteries with fresh ones, and trust us – you’ll sleep better at night.
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