This holiday season, families should take extra precautions to keep their loved ones safe. By being aware of some unconventional dangers around the home, you can ensure a happy holiday season for all. Consumer Reports recommends the following tips:
When putting up holiday lights, beware of the following:
-Inclement weather can slowly tarnish outdoor lights. After three seasons (or 90 days), replace your lights. Check for loose or missing bulbs as well. If sockets are cracked or wiring is frayed, considering buying anew. You donâ€™t want faulty lights to lead to an electrical problem later down the road.
-Keep small bulbs out of the hands of children or pets that might choke on them.
-Turn off all of your lights before you go to bed. Decorative lights cause approximately 170 home fires per year.
Prevent Christmas tree fires:
-A dry Christmas tree can be a huge hazard and cause of fire. Watering the tree daily greatly reduces the chances of a fire in your home.
-When shopping around for an artificial tree, look for a â€œFire Resistantâ€ label.
-Place your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and candles. Use common sense when finding the right spot to put your tree.
-Unplug the lights when you leave the house or go to bed.
With a little awareness and an eye for problems, you can enjoy a safe and happy holiday season for all of your friends and family
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