For some people, holiday decorating began last weekend. Thanksgiving weekend is an acceptable time to decorate the tree and hang stockings.
Of course, if you entered a store after Halloween, garland, twinkling lights, and the sounds of Muzak holiday cheer greeted you early. Some think it was too early.
While the trees, lights, and displays help make the season, they also represent potential hazards.
These holiday safety tips can help keep your holidays merry and bright at home and on the road.
Holiday Safety Tips for Tree Transport, Decorating, and Candles
One of the great holiday traditions is finding the perfect Christmas tree. Whether you choose it from a lot or cut it down yourself, the challenge is getting it home.
The writers at Forbes say that snow and ice are only some of the road hazards this time of year. Over the past three years, about 20 million improperly secured Christmas trees damaged vehicles. Trees that flew off of vehicles caused as many as 500 fatalities.
AAA offers the following holiday safety tips to transport your tree home without incident.
- Use the proper vehicle – ones with a roof rack or large enough to carry the tree inside
- Use proper ties – rope or nylon straps. No twine
- Tie your tree down – secure the top and bottom with the trunk pointing to the front of the vehicle
- Drive slowly – that is self-explanatory
Once you get your tree home, the Claims Journal advises placing your tree away from heat sources and monitoring water levels on a daily basis. Making a fresh cut at the base of the tree prior to placing in a tree stand helps ensure it will absorb the water easily.
When decorating, place near the top of the tree those ornaments that are sharp, breakable, or could pose a choking hazard for small children. Only use lights tested by a nationally recognized laboratory and check for broken or cracked sockets. Dispose of damaged lights.
Candles add scents and ambiance during the holidays. They also pose potential fire hazards.
The National Candle Association offers the following safety rules for burning your favorite wax or paraffin luminaries.
- Don’t leave burning candles in unoccupied rooms
- Keep candles away from flammable items or materials
- Trim candle wicks to one-quarter inch before burning
- Place candles and their holders on stable, heat-free surfaces
- Don’t burn candles all the way down
- Put out candles that smoke, flicker, or the flame is too high
The holiday season can be the most wonderful time of the year. Practicing safety in all aspects of decorating your home helps prevent incidents that could steal some of your joy.
You are part of our Connecticut family and the Keating Agency wishes you joy and happiness this holiday season. Remember, if a claim situation occurs, we’re here to help you through every step of the process. If you need us, we are just a phone call away.