You can’t walk into our house without being hit by the Winter Wonderland explosion. Christmas has come hard and fast in our house. My husband couldn’t wait to decorate and was basically begging me to get Christmas up early in our house.
Our tree is up, the lights are on, and Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” fills our house. Even though I’m filled with holiday cheer, I also take certain precautions this time of year to make sure I’m keeping my house and family safe.
Consider the following while enjoying your eggnog:
- Watering your tree. If you have a real Christmas tree, water it daily — even twice a day, for that matter. I just watched a video of a Christmas tree ignite in a fast, hot blaze. The tree was so dry and the lights were so warm that it just burst into flames. Make watering your tree part of your daily holiday routine.
- Watching your lights. Double check your Christmas lights before plugging them in. Look for cracked bulbs or frayed wires and discard those that don’t cut the muster. When not at home, turn off your lights. It’s just as a precaution. And for goodness sake, don’t be a Clark Griswold and run a million bulbs to a single outlet.
- Dousing the flames. Did you know that 12 percent of candle related fires in the home happen in December? Between the fireplace, candles, and Christmas lights, the stakes of setting a fire couldn’t be higher. Watch the distances between flames, like candles or fireplaces, and flammables. That goes double for those with real Christmas trees.
- Decorating with care. There’s an average of 15,000 injuries related to Christmas decorating. Artificial snow can irritate the lungs, ladders can be tall and slippery, etc. The chances of injury just rise over the holidays. Move breakable ornaments out of reach for kids, check that holiday plants and flowers (Poinsettias too!) aren’t poisonous, and just use your commonsense. Always better safe than sorry.
Here’s to you and your family having a very happy and SAFE holidays!