We love seeing homes decorated for the holidays! It’s wonderful to see homeowners take the time to brighten the community and make things festive. We’re also excited to see people participating in our holiday decorations photo contest! Given all this decorating, we thought it would be good to take some time and review decorating safety tips.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued guidelines to make sure that this holiday season is as fun and safe as can be. Here are some things to think about when you are putting up the tree and stringing the lights:
- Trees: Artificial or real, think about safety first. For artificial trees, read the box before buying your tree and make sure it’s fire resistant. When it comes to real trees, there are several things you’ll want to keep in mind. First, make sure it’s fresh and green. Dry trees are a serious fire hazard. To check for freshness you’ll want to bounce the base of the tree on the ground before you buy it. If needles fall off the tree, it’s too dry and you should find another one. The trunk should be sticky with resin and the needles should not break if you bend them in your fingers. Make sure to take a couple of inches off of the truck to aid water absorption and keep it watered through the season.
- Lights: Check each strand for cracked, broken or loose fixtures and don’t put more than three strands of lights on one extension cord. When it comes to trimmings, it’s a good idea to stick to plastic, flame resistant products. The real stuff can dry out and create a fire hazard.
Those are just a few tips to think about. You can read the rest of the CPSC’s guidelines here. Have fun, be creative and, above all, stay safe! Happy Holidays from all of us at HHHunt Communities!