Christmas Decorating Safety

Christmas is near and that means you do not have to go far to see homes decked out in lights, Santa’s and other holiday decor. However, experts say there is a safe way to decorate, a way to keep your holiday cheer from turning into a holiday disaster.

Every year, we hear the warning.

A Christmas tree can go up in seconds, not minutes.

But do we heed them?

Sometimes a little bit of common sense goes out the window with the excitement of the season.

Lit by a match, it takes only six seconds for flames to engulf this dry tree.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says each year, there are 300 fires involving Christmas trees causing on average, 20 deaths.

To keep your tree twinkling, not blazing, buy one that is fresh.

Give it some taps on the ground. If needles rain down, you want to move on.

Christmas tree lights that are cracked or frayed should be replaced. If you are buying a new string, be on the look out for a UL label.

These meet a certain voluntary standard in terms of the grading of the wiring. They would be less likely to break down or burn.

Before you hit the sack, lights out. That includes candles, too.

Families with kids or pets should remember size matters. Things like Christmas tree decorations are small and children may view them as something different and put them in their mouth.

Decorations delight, but can also do harm. A few precautions can prevent the holidays from being memorable for the wrong reasons.

If you are celebrating with an artificial Christmas tree this year, the CPSC says make sure you get one that is fire resistant. It does not mean the tree will not catch on fire, but it will be more resistant to burning.

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