Ensuring Safety While Decking the Halls: A Guide to Holiday Decorations

With Halloween behind us, it’s time to shift our focus to the next big holiday on the horizon – Christmas! As homeowners across the neighborhood start adorning their homes with festive lights, ornaments, and wreaths, it’s essential to keep safety in mind. In this blog post, we’ll share some valuable tips to help you enjoy the holiday season without compromising the safety of your home and loved ones.

Choose Fire-Resistant Decorations:

Opt for decorations that are labeled as flame-resistant or fire-retardant. This precaution is especially important when it comes to items like artificial trees, garlands, and wreaths. It provides an extra layer of protection, reducing the risk of fire hazards.

Inspect Lights and Electrical Connections:

Before you hang up those twinkling lights, take a moment to carefully inspect them. Look for any frayed wires, exposed connections, or broken bulbs. If you find any damaged items, replace them immediately to prevent electrical fires.

Use Outdoor-Rated Extension Cords:

If you plan to decorate the exterior of your home, make sure to use extension cords specifically designed for outdoor use. These cords are weather-resistant and less likely to deteriorate when exposed to rain, snow, or other outdoor elements.

Secure Decorations Properly:

Ensure that all decorations, especially those hung on outdoor surfaces, are securely fastened. Use clips, hooks, or appropriate fasteners to prevent them from becoming dislodged by wind or other weather conditions.

Keep Pathways Clear:

As you add decorations, be mindful of walkways and pathways leading to your home. Make sure they remain clear and free from obstacles, ensuring safe passage for visitors and delivery personnel.

Mindful Placement of Candles:

Candles are a beautiful addition to holiday decor, but they can also pose a fire hazard. If you choose to use candles, be sure to keep them away from flammable materials and never leave them unattended.

Avoid Overloading Circuits:

Before you plug in your decorations, take stock of the electrical load on each circuit. Avoid overloading outlets, as this can lead to tripped circuit breakers or even electrical fires. Consider using surge protectors for added safety.

Practice Tree Safety:

If you opt for a real Christmas tree, keep it well-watered throughout the holiday season. Dry trees are more prone to catching fire. Additionally, position the tree away from heat sources like fireplaces or radiators.

Be Mindful of Pets:

Some decorations, like tinsel or small ornaments, can be hazardous to pets if ingested. Keep these items out of reach or consider pet-friendly alternatives.

Take Down Decorations Promptly:

Once the holiday season comes to a close, promptly remove decorations to minimize the risk of fire hazards or accidents related to weather conditions.

By following these safety tips, you can create a festive and welcoming atmosphere in your home without compromising the safety of your loved ones or your property. From all of us at Gold Brick Property Management, we wish you a safe and joyous holiday season! If you have any questions about home safety or real estate in King and Snohomish County, feel free to reach out to us. Happy decorating!