Keep your family and your home safe during the holidays by following these safety tips on decorating for Christmas.
The minute the “ber “ months arrive, many Filipino families start decorating their homes in time for Christmas. In fact, people get so wrapped up in decking their homes for the holiday that they overlook certain things that can endanger their families instead of bringing joy. If you want the Yuletide season to be a safe and fun celebration for everyone, make sure you keep these safety tips in mind when decorating your home for the holidays:
1. Purchase only Christmas lights marked with the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) sticker; this will be your assurance that the lights you purchased passed the mandatory safety tests of the Department of Trade and Industry.
2. If you’re using Christmas lights from last year, inspect them closely for frayed or exposed wires and dispose of damaged sets. Replace any burned-out bulbs with ones that have the same wattage.
3. Never leave Christmas lights on overnight to keep them from shorting out and causing a fire.
4. If using Christmas lights outside the house, check to see if they are safe for outdoor use.
5. Secure outdoor Christmas lights with insulated tape around trees or run them through hooks along the walls to keep them from falling off or snapping in half.
6. If you're hanging lights on the roof or anywhere high, ask someone to hold the ladder steady while you climb up and down.
1. Check to see if the Christmas tree you buy is fireproof to keep from starting a fire in case something happens to the Christmas lights around it.
2. When setting up the tree, make sure you keep it away from doorways and other high-traffic areas of the house.
3. If you’re putting your tree on a pedestal, make sure it’s stable enough to not fall over easily if someone bumps into it.
4. If your kids are helping you trim the tree, keep an eye on them to make sure they don't hurt themselves on any sharp, or that they don't touch the sockets where the lights are plugged in.
1. Check the label of ornaments and decorations to make sure that they’re non-combustible before hanging them up on the tree.
2. If there are small children in your home, avoid using decorations and ornaments that are sharp, colored with lead-based paint or are small enough to pose as choking hazards.
3. If you’re using candles, keep them away from anything that can catch fire. Also, set them in places where people won’t accidentally knock them down.
4. If you’re putting decorations on the roof, make sure that they are securely fastened so that they don’t fall down and hurt anyone or damage your property.
Christmas should be a fun celebration for family and friends, so you don’t want to derail the festivities with accidents that could have easily been avoided. When styling your home in time for December 25, remember to pay just as much attention to how safe it is as you do to how it looks.