The holiday season is a time of joy, family gatherings, and beautiful decorations. However, amid the excitement and festivities, it’s crucial to keep your home safe. Here’s a quick checklist of 5 ways to celebrate Christmas securely and with peace of mind.
1. Christmas Tree Safety
Choose the Right Tree
If you prefer a real tree, ensure it’s fresh. A dry tree can catch fire easily. Look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are difficult to pluck off. The trunk should be sticky with sap.
Place It Wisely
Keep your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, and heating vents. This can reduce the risk of it catching fire.
Hydrate Your Tree
A well-watered tree is less likely to ignite. It likely needs much more water than you realize. Water it daily to help keep it fresh longer.
Use LED lights for decorating. They are cooler than traditional bulbs, reducing the risk of overheating and fire.
2. Fire Safety
Ensure your smoke alarms are working correctly. Test them before the holiday season and replace batteries if needed.
Have a fire extinguisher accessible and ensure everyone knows how to use it.
Never leave candles burning unattended. Consider using battery-operated candles as a safer alternative.
If you use a fireplace, get your chimney inspected and cleaned before the season. Use a screen to prevent sparks from flying out.
3. Electrical Safety
Avoid Overloading Circuits
Don’t overload electrical sockets with holiday lighting. Use power strips with internal overload protection.
Inspect Decorative Lights
Before stringing lights, whether indoor or outdoor, inspect them for frayed wires, broken sockets, and loose connections.
Use lights designated for outdoor use when decorating outside. Ensure they are securely fastened to withstand winter weather.
4. Home Security
Lock Doors and Windows
During the hustle and bustle, it could be easy to forget to lock up. Always double-check doors and windows, especially when leaving home or going to bed.
Use timers for lights when you’re not home to give the impression that someone is there. You can use simple timers or go for solutions that can interact with systems such as Alexa or Google Home, allowing you to have control from an app on your phone.
Be Mindful of Package Delivery
With increased online shopping, be aware of package theft. Consider a secure delivery box or alternate delivery location such as an Amazon pickup locker, or having items delivered to a family member who is home and available to bring boxes inside as soon as they are delivered.
5. Child and Pet Safety
Keep small decorations, which can be choking hazards, out of reach of children and pets.
Plants like poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly berries can be toxic. Keep them away from both children and pets. If you’re unsure it a plant is toxic, it’s best to keep it out of reach.
Ensure toys are age-appropriate and without small parts that can be swallowed or recalls due to safety.
Incorporating these safety tips into your holiday preparations can help ensure a joyful and secure Christmas season. Remember, a safe home is the foundation of a merry celebration.
Happy Holidays and stay safe!
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