Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating

Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating

Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating

Decorate safely this holiday season.

If you are decorating your home this holiday season, it’s important that you keep safety in mind.  Take these precautions to help you keep your home beautiful and safe this holiday season.

Lights

If you are using string lights to decorate your home this season, make sure you are using the right equipment for the job.  All lights should be UL (Underwriters Laboratory) certified, meaning that they have been safety tested.  Look for the “UL” tag on all lights that you buy.  A red UL indicates that the lights are safe to use indoors and outdoors, while a green “UL” means the lights can only be used indoors.  Make sure you check your lights before you use them to decorate.  Any strings with frayed wires or broken sockets could pose a fire risk and should be discarded.

Tree

If you are putting up a tree this holiday, make sure it’s fresh.  An old, dry tree can pose a fire hazard.  To test a tree’s freshness, hold it upright and bounce it off the ground a couple of times.  If a ton of needles fall off the tree, it’s a sign that it’s practically firewood.  Once you bring your tree home, make sure you keep it away from your fireplace, radiator, or other heat sources.  Additionally, do not decorate your tree with candles, because this also poses a fire risk.

House Decorations

Finally, if you are hanging decorations on your home, then make sure you are using your ladder safely.  You should never use a ladder when you are by yourself, or when it’s windy, raining, or snowing outside.  If you feel unsafe using a ladder, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Follow these tips to decorate safely this holiday season.  Remember, another way to stay safe this season is by having the right insurance protections in place.  To find the right coverage to fit your needs, turn to the experts at Club Agency Insurance Brokerage.  Located in Garden City, New York, contact us to get covered today.



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