How to prevent holiday décor injuries and fires

Outdoor Christmas display with lights, snowmen and Santa Claus

The Christmas holiday is fast approaching with visits with friends and relatives, wonderful aromas and joyful decorations. Each year memories are etched into every person, and I hope that all of this year’s memories will be only good ones. That’s why I recommend the following safety tips.

Keeping your home safe from décor injuries and fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), every year during the holiday season, millions of dollars in property damage and medical bills are spent. The reasons for these costs come from property damage and injuries caused by falls, fires and other incidents involving holiday decorations.

Here are some tips to keep your home safe from property damage and injury.

  • Always buy a fresh, very green Christmas tree, not a dried out one. The needles should be difficult to pull out and should not easily break. Be sure to keep the tree watered throughout the time it is in your home.
  • Never put your Christmas tree or any other holiday decorations near a fire or heat source.
  • If you want to forego a live tree for an artificial tree, make sure you get one that says “Fire Resistant.”
  • If you have small children around, make sure your decorations are safe, including decorations hung from the tree.
  • Make sure your tree is stable and can’t be pulled down by a small child or pet.
  • Place burning candles on heat-resistant surfaces and always be mindful that they are lit.
  • Only use lights or electrical holiday displays that have been labeled as tested by a reputable lab, such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories). Throw away all old and damaged lights.
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
  • Only decorate outside with lights that specifically state that they are certified for outdoor use.
  • If you use “fire salts” to create colorful flames in your fireplace or fire pit, be very cautious and keep them away from children.
  • Igniting wrapping paper can cause a flash fire so do not put the paper in the fireplace or fire pit.
  • Make sure all electrical wires are taped securely to the floor to avoid tripping over them.

If you follow these simple holiday safety tips, you can keep yourself and others free from injury and fire. It’s time to relax and fully enjoy the holiday season.

Please be kind to each other. I wish you safe holidays, a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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