Deck Your Halls Safely!

Putting up the Christmas tree or hanging outside lights can be a great way to get in the holiday spirit and make your home look festive. Unfortunately, holiday decorating can result in injuries, burns and more if not done in a safe manner. Decorate safely this year by following tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Only purchase fire resistant artificial trees or fresh ones. Remember that a fresh tree’s needles are hard to pull from branches and will not break when bent between your fingers. Place fresh trees away from heat sources to avoid drying them out and creating a fire hazard.
  • Carefully read container labels for artificial snow sprays and follow the directions. Such sprays can irritate lungs if accidentally inhaled.
  • Decorate only with lights that have been tested for safety. Check for broken or cracked sockets, bare wires or loose connections. Turn off all decorative lights when you go to bed or leave the house, as they could short and start a fire.
  • Avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable and keep trimmings with small removable parts away from children, who could swallow or inhale them.
  • Make an emergency plan to use if a fire breaks out anywhere in the home. See that every family member knows what to do and practice the plan.

Always plan for safety and never forget to use common sense! Check out a company’s BBB business review at www.bbb.org before buying their products.

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About Caitlin Driscoll

I have been the Public Relations Director of the Better Business Bureau of Western PA since November 2011.