Christmas Safety Tips
Tuesday December 13, 2022
As the holiday season approaches, it's important to remember to practice Christmas safety to prevent any mishaps or disasters. Every year, about 18,000 Americans go to the Emergency Room for Christmas decoration-related injuries. Sometimes we get so excited about the holiday season that we don’t think clearly when introducing new decorations to our homes. Picking out/decorating the tree and hanging Christmas lights are some of the most memorable parts of Christmas for many, but it's essential to do so safely to avoid any potential hazards.
Hanging lights outside your house can be hazardous if not done carefully. When hanging lights, inspect all strings for exposed wires, loose bulbs, and other damage. Make sure to use the proper tools and equipment, such as a sturdy ladder and electrical tape to secure any loose connections. Avoid hanging lights on metal, as the metal can conduct electricity and potentially cause a fire. Consider getting somebody to help spot you while you’re on the ladder. A spotter can help avoid a potentially dangerous situation by securing the ladder if it starts moving. Once you’ve safely hung your house lights, you can begin to decorate your tree.
The most popular Christmas decoration is the Christmas Tree. It originated in the 16th century in Northern Europe where decorating with evergreen trees was a winter solstice tradition. The modern Christmas tree likely started in Germany where Saint Boniface used the triangular shape to explain the Holy Trinity to pagan Germanic tribes. Christmas trees have a long history representing the holiday season, but they also have a history of being a fire hazard.
According to the NFPA, there are approximately 200 fires started by Christmas trees each year, and 1 in every 50 results in death. To keep your tree looking its best and to prevent any potential accidents, make sure to water it regularly to keep it hydrated. A hydrated tree is less likely to catch fire than a dry one. Avoid placing the tree near any heat sources, such as fireplaces or radiators, as this can cause the tree to dry out and become a fire hazard. You should also make sure to turn off the lights on your tree before leaving the house or going to bed, as this can also help prevent fires. Additionally, it is important to ensure that your Christmas tree is anchored so it does not tip over. If you have young children or pets, place your tree where it cannot be easily knocked over. Finally, be sure to dispose of your tree properly once the holiday season is over, either by taking it to a recycling center or by cutting it up and using it as firewood.
Unfortunately, Christmas disasters do happen, and it's important to be prepared. ProPac is here to help provide you with helpful information and preparedness products. By taking these simple precautions, you can enjoy a safe and happy holiday season with your loved ones.