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Decorate Safely During the Holidays

Posted by Keegan Wetzel

Dec 9, 2014 4:25:54 PM


Christmas Tree Tips

  • Cut a 2-inch diagonal piece off the bottom of the trunk of your tree. This will help the tree absorb water.
  • Place the tree in a sturdy stand at least 3 feet away from heat sources such as heating vents and fireplaces.
  • Make sure that your tree stand is able to hold water. Refill it every day.
  • Only keep a tree in your home for two weeks, because it will dry out quickly and can become highly flammable.
Lighting and Decorating Suggestions
  • Only buy electrical decorations that have a UL rating on the label, which indicates that they have been tested for safe use.
  • Follow all installation and usage instructions for lighting decorations to ensure that you are not increasing your chance of starting a fire.
  • Inspect new and used lights before using them and discard any that have cracks, exposed wires or loose connections. Replace any bulbs that are missing.
  • Do not connect more than three sets of lights to an extension cord at one time.
  • Plug outside lighting only into a ground fault circuit interrupting (GFCI) outlet, as this will safeguard the outlet from any interaction with water.
  • Do not secure outside lights with staples or nails, and avoid placing indoor extension cords under carpeting, rugs and furniture.
  • Unplug lighting decorations before going to bed and leaving the house.

Also Keep In Mind

To ensure safety, do not do any decorating outdoors during adverse weather conditions such as snow, ice, and sleet. These conditions make it decorating extremely dangerous from something serious such as being on the roof to something as simple as using a ladder. Always be overcautious when adverse conditions pose a possible threat.

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