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No matter if you and your family celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or another winter holiday, a couple things that many of these celebrations has in common are lights and fire.
And while lights are a beautiful way to celebrate the holiday season, it’s important that you’re staying safe while doing so. So, before you plug in those lights, be sure to read through these 5 safety tips:
1) Be sure your indoor lights are not touching drapes, carpets, or any other furniture. If certain materials are overheated, those seemingly harmless indoor lights can quickly become a fire hazard.
2) Use some sort of cord management system to keep loose cords and cables out of walkways. This is especially important if you’ve got young kids, elderly family, or pets in your home who can possibly trip over cords in high-traffic areas.
3) Before plugging lights into outlets, inspect the cords to make sure they aren’t frayed, broken, or badly bent. If so, it’s probably best to discard the piece.
4) Keep open-flame candles away from flammable items, like drapes, bedding, paper, books. Also, do not place candles in areas where they can easily be knocked over.
5) Got stockings or other decorations hanging from the mantle? Don’t light that fireplace unless you’ve removed all stockings and other objects that are hanging near the fire. These items are extremely flammable and can catch fire just from the heat alone.
And there you have it, folks! Five easy ways to keep you and your family safe and healthy this holiday season. All of these steps take just a few seconds to check but can make all the difference in your safety. If you think something might not be safe, it’s always best to go with your gut.
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