Holiday Decoration Safety

Holiday Decoration Safety

Wednesday 24th November 2021
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

With exactly one month until Christmas Eve, the holiday season is in full swing. The holiday season is celebrated by lots of people such as those who celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and even sometimes all three.

One thing that is common however across all holiday celebrations is decorations. Decorations are seen as an expression and celebration of the holiday season and can really help to get you into the festive mood. These jolly decorations do come with a danger though. Whilst you are getting caught up in the festivities it can be easy to lose track of safety.

That is why, to ensure that you have a safe, happy and holiday season that is shared with your friends and family, in today's blog we are going to be sharing with you 12 tips to keep in mind as you deck out your home.

1. Fake it!
Some people prefer to purchase artificial trees during the holiday season. If this is you then ensure that the tree is labelled as "Fire resistant" This is because fire-resistible trees are much less susceptible to catching on fire.

2. Work as a team
Often, hanging lights requires you to reach over your normal height. This often calls for the help of a ladder. When you are climbing a ladder to hang lights, ensure that you use a proper ladder and that someone is with you to support the base.

3. Power down before bed
Before you head to bed, ensure that all your lights are turned off. This will help you to avoid them shorting and accidentally catching on fire.

4. Skip the fake food
If you have children or pets in your house, then it is best to avoid decorations that look like food or candy. These can be a severe choking hazard and can sometimes contain harmful materials.

5. Secure candles
Candles are often quite thin. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all of your candles are secured to a sturdy base to avoid the risk of them toppling over. Never leave a lit candle unattended.

6. Don't burn wrapping paper in the fireplace
Paper is a material which can catch fire very quickly. Because of this it can cause flash fires. Instead of burning wrapping paper in the fireplace, recycle or reuse it instead.

7. Hydrate your tree
Real trees require hydration. If left dehydrated they dry out quickly and are extremely prone to catching fire faster than a tree that has been properly hydrated. To ensure that your tree is properly hydrated, check its water level every other day.

8. Keep live trees away from heat sources
You should place your tree away from heat sources such as heaters and fireplaces. It is also good practice to keep a fire extinguisher close to your tree. Due to their needles and sap, live trees are highly flammable.

9. Double check your lights
Before hanging your lights, closely examine them and look for any defects such as broken sockets, frayed wires and loose connections. If you find any defects, then replace your lights immediately and discard of the damaged ones.

10. Use unbreakable ornaments
If you have ornaments which are fragile you should keep them out of the reach of small children and pets. To avoid injury, use ornaments that cannot be broken.

11. Prevent electrical cord damage
Ensure that you don't mount your lights in a way which could damage the cord. Avoid using nails and tacks as these can fray the cables. Use hooks or insulated staples as an alternative method of hanging cables.

12. Beware of poisonous plants
Plants such as poinsettias are festive, but they are also poisonous when eaten. Keep these plants out of the reach of children and pets or avoid having them entirely.