Holiday Decorating Safety Tips to Know

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Get your home into the holiday spirit with care.

Garland, string lights, candles, and the tree – there is so much decorating to do over the holidays! Before you start to unpack all of your festive decorations, take a look at these tips on how to safely decorate and protect yourself, your family, and home from disaster.

  • Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use.
  • Don’t overload sockets, which can spark a fire.
  • Use battery-operated candles.
  • Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights.
  • Keep combustible at least three feet away from heat sources.
  • Keep the tree fresh by watering it daily.
  • If using an artificial tree, look for a fire-resistant label.
  • Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking.
  • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
  • Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.
  • Be aware that festive plants, such as poinsettias, are dangerous for pets. Keep them away from your four-legged friends or purchase a false one.

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