Deck the halls with holiday safety

Deck the halls with holiday safety

As you deck the halls with boughs of holly this holiday season, don’t forget to add a sprinkle of safety. Remember, prevention is the best method to ensure you and your loved ones have a safe holiday. 

Tree 

  • Pick a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

  • Keep natural trees watered to avoid dry branches from catching fire. 

  • Place your tree at least three feet away from heat sources, including candles, space heaters, fireplaces and radiators. 

  • Remove the tree when it dries-out or dies. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage. 


Lights

  • Look for a UL label when buying lights and artificial trees. Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed wires or loose connections. 

  • Ensure multiple extension cords are never strung together. Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord.

  • When hanging decorations, use a proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. 

  • Consider purchasing LED lights, which use less energy and run cooler than traditional incandescent lights. 

  • Turn off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations before leaving home or going to sleep. 



Source: Electrical Safety Foundation International
 

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