Shell Busey - Always Think Safety First With Your Holiday DecorDecember 5th 2014
Q: Our son and his family are in a new home and anxious to decorate for their first Christmas. Of course, we are concerned about their safety. Can you provide some tips regarding the proper use of lights and other decorations?
A: Yes, you are correct to be concerned about safety and Christmas decorations. Here are a few tips.
- Use only indoor and outdoor lights that are CSA approved.
- Make sure outdoor lights have been approved for that use.
- Check all sets of lights before using. Check for cracks, broken bulbs and bare or loose wires.
- Discard old or damaged sets or repair before use, if possible.
- It is best to plug outdoor electric lights and decorations into CFCIs (ground-fault circuit interrupters).
- Do not plug in more than three standard sets of lights into a single extension cord. Check package for directions if the bulbs are energy-efficient LED lights or Power Smart bulbs.
- Never use lit candles on or near the Christmas tree.
- Keep candles away from decorations or wrapping paper.
- Use only flame-resistant decorations for your tree.
- Keep your tree away from baseboard heaters and fireplaces.
- Secure your tree so pets and children cannot knock it over.
- Never place trimming near open flames or electrical connection.
- Do not burn wrapping paper or decorative items in the fireplace as they can burn suddenly and intensely, moving up the flue to the outside and possibly causing an external fire.
- The most important thing to remember is to turn off all Christmas tree lights or lit decorations when you leave the house or go to bed. Lights can short out and cause a fire.
Here is a video from YouTube on how quickly a Christmas tree can go up in flames...
It’s Just That Easy!