Information about safe Christmas decoration and decoration safety tips.
Safe Christmas Decorations
Christmas decorations like candles, lights and
Christmas tress are interesting to make and a joy to behold the final
outcome. These decorations set the mood for the festivities and remind
us that it is a season to celebrate and enjoy ourselves. But if
precautions are not taken then these decorations can cause fires,
injuries and death. Given below are a few safety precautions to follow
during the holiday season.
- If you are buying an artificial tree, ensure that it has a "Fire
Resistant" label. This does not mean that the tree will not
catch fire; it only means that it is more resistant to burning.
- When you are buying a live tree, ensure that it is fresh. If the
tree is fresh you will not be able to pull the needles from the
branches. When it is tapped on the ground needles will not fall off.
If the truck is fresh it will be sticky with resin.
- Inside your home position the tree away from the fireplace and
away from radiators. Heated rooms will dry a live tree quickly. Make
sure that the tree stand if filled with water. Place tree away from
doorways and areas that are used often in the house.
- Use lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized
laboratory. Use lights that have plugs and fuses. Use lights labeled
for outdoor use for outdoors and those meant for indoor use indoors.
- Check lights both old and new for cracked or broken sockets, bare
wires or loose connections before using them.
- Replace damaged bulbs immediately. Use same wattage bulbs.
- Use extension cords that are rated for intended use.
- Use insulated tape to fasten lights outdoors to trees, house wall
- Turn off outdoor light when you go to bed or leave the house.
Candles and Other Decorations:
- Use fire resistant material to decorate the tree. Use nonleaded
material for decoration, as leaded material is dangerous if children
- Burning candles should be kept in view at all times. Place them
out of reach of children.
- Do not place lighted candles near trees or other greens. Use
- If you have small children at home, then try not to use
decorations that look like candy. As this might tempt them to eat
it. Do not use decoration with small removable parts and the
children could eat them up.
- While using artificial snow spray, read instructions on the can
carefully to prevent lung irritation.
- "Fire salts" produce colored flames when thrown into
wood fires. They contain metals and are poisonous if ingested.
Therefore keep them away from children.
- Do not throw wrapping paper into the fireplace, as they will
burst into flames suddenly causing a fire flash.
- Flying sparks may cause flammable material around the fireplace
to catch fire. Prevent this by placing a screen around the