Holiday safety tips to keep in mind during the season to be jolly. There are dangers of decorating your home or office and safety should not be overlooked. Some dangers include Christmas tree and candle fires, poisonous plants, falls, and back strains.
There were approximately 15,000 injuries related to holiday decorating according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The most frequent holiday decorating incidents involved falls, lacerations, burns, and back strains. So, we put together a list of holiday safety tips while you decorate your home or office.
Check your Christmas lights for safety
One of the most exciting things about the holidays is decorating your home or office with beautiful white or colored lights! As thrilling and joyful as it is, your safety must be a priority. When hanging your lights, make sure you use a proper ladder with someone supporting the base.
Double check lights for frayed wires or cracks and be sure there is a bulb in each socket. Discard and replace damaged strands.
Power off all lights before hitting the hay
Leaving lights on while your asleep or leaving lights unattended could result in an electrical fire. Consider using a timer or turn off lights before going to bed or leaving your office.
Keep live trees away from heat sources
Due to needles and sap, live trees are highly flammable and could challenge your safety. Be sure to place your Christmas tree away from any heat sources, including heaters and fireplaces.
Make sure all candles are secured
Thousands of deaths are caused by fires every year. In fact, 12% of home candle fires occur in December, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Make sure candles are on stable surfaces, and never leave burning candles unattended.
Do not burn wrapping paper in your fireplace. Wrapping can ignite suddenly and burn intensely. Remember to keep live Christmas trees away from the fireplace. Sparks from the fireplace can ignite a dry tree.
Beware of poisonous plants
Plants can spruce up your holiday decorating but keep those that may be poisonous (including some Poinsettias) out of reach of children or pets.
The staff at Albrite Building wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May the magic of the holiday season be filled with love, health, and happiness and stay with you throughout the coming year.