It’s easy to get wrapped up in decking the halls, wrapping presents and hosting guests, and being excited about the holiday season. Before you pour the eggnog, take some time to follow these precautions and tips to avoid dealing with a disaster worse than your uncle’s ugly Christmas sweater.
The smell and look of a live tree can be wonderful, but if not maintained correctly it can turn into a disaster and even worse a fire hazard. Be sure to check the tree regularly and fill the tree stand with water throughout the season. If the tree dries out, it can quickly become a fire hazard, especially if you have a fireplace nearby.
Everybody loves opening a stocking to find lots of little treats and treasures during the holiday season. When you are buying your stocking stuffers, try to think cautiously about the items you are placing next to a fireplace. Avoid highly flammable items like hairspray bottles, nail polish, ping-pong balls, etc. To find the perfect small items check local sale sections or dollar stores to find stocking stuffers for the whole family at a reasonable price! Finding sturdy, lasting stockings will also help you avoid spending money on replacing them every few years.
The holidays are a fun time of the year to get the boxes of decorations out and turn your home into a magical winter wonderland. Be sure to think about the placement of sensitive items such as candles. Candles should never be placed next to flammable décor. You may consider using battery-powered candles as a safer alternative.
Regardless of having lights indoors or outdoors, you should check all of your plugin lights for exposed and frayed wires, loses connections and broken sockets to avoid shock or fire. Make sure to do the checking while still on the ground to avoid any ladder accidents!