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Decking the Halls in Safety - Indoor Tips

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This season, deck the halls, but duck the hazards.  Here are a few tips to ensure your indoor decorating celebrates the season, without putting you or your family at risk:

Live Trees

  • Ensure you purchase a FRESH tree. Fresh trees don’t lose many needles and have a sticky, sappy trunk.
  • Water your tree regularly to prevent drying.
  • Check regularly for needle shedding.  Run your hand along the branches to check for dryness.  The drier the tree, the more needles it sheds.

Artificial Trees

  • Make sure your tree is labeled fire resistant.
Keep ALL TREES away from candles, fireplaces, and all heat sources to prevent from catching fire.

Lights, Cords and Electrical Decorations

  • Ensure they are UL tested and certified.
  • Check all cords, bulbs, and parts for damage or wear.
  • Use decorations labeled indoors for indoor decorating ONLY.

Candles and Fireplaces 

  • Never leave open flames unattended or out of your sight.
  • Burn candles on a level, stable, heat-resistant surface.
  • Keep wrapping paper, fabric and decorations away from all sources of heat.
  • Do not burn wrapping paper in a fireplace, as it may ignite suddenly, creating a flash fire.

Child Safety

Always supervise children with any Christmas decorations, especially the following:
  • Sharp objects
  • Glass or metal ornaments
  • Matches, lighters and candles
  • Electrical cords or corded lights

Check out our complement to this article, Decking the Halls in Safety - Outdoor Tips.

While it is essential to exercise caution, it is just as necessary to enjoy the holiday. Happy decorating!




This article is part of our series on Holiday & Winter Safety.  Keep on the lookout for more helpful tips and articles to keep you and your family safe this season!




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