Holiday decorations brighten up your home and lend a festive vibe to your neighborhood, but decorating can be risky if you don’t take the proper safety precautions. Follow these tips from our team here at Crawford Door of WNY Inc to turn your home and residential garage door into a winter wonderland the safe way.
Safety Tips for Lights
- Use lights that have been tested for safety. Check the labels on your lights — you should see a message from an independent testing laboratory.
- Before hanging lights, check each set (even new ones!) for cracked or broken sockets, loose connections or bare or frayed wires. Repair or discard these sets.
- Outdoor lights should be securely fastened to your house walls, trees or another firm source of support to protect from wind damage.
- Never use more than three sets of lights per extension cord.
- When you leave the house or go to bed, turn off all the lights. They could short and cause a fire.
Safety Tips for Trees
- If you buy an artificial tree, make sure it is fire resistant.
- Fresh trees are safer than dry trees. Fresh trees are green with needles that are tough to pull off the branches. The needles won’t break when you bend them between your fingers, and the trunk should be sticky with resin.
- Place your tree away from radiators, fireplaces and other heat sources
- For better water absorption, cut about two inches of the trunk and trim away branches before setting the trunk in the base of a water‑holding stand. The stand should be filled with water as long as the tree is indoors.
- Don’t block doorways with the tree, and use guy‑wires to secure it to walls for added support.