Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

From Halloween to New Years, there are many fun holiday decorating opportunities for Florida, Alabama, South Carolina , and North Carolina homeowners. We don costumes and carve pumpkins. We prepare turkeys and other culinary delights, adorn holiday trees with ornaments, and decorate the lawns.

With all of the excitement and celebration, it is easy to overlook that many of our favorite holiday traditions involve potential dangers. We illuminate our tables with Jack-o-lanterns and candles and climb on rooftops to create the perfect light display ,all of which can create hazardous conditions which can ruin your holidays According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), hospital emergency rooms treat about 12,500 people every year for falls, cuts and shocks from holiday lights, decorations and Christmas trees.

Try these tips for an accident-free holiday decorating experience that still has all the trimmings.

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

HAVE A SAFER HALLOWEEN

Pumpkin carving injures many people around Halloween. Consumer Reports recommends using specialty carving kits, available both online and in local retail stores. For fire safety, use flameless candles or flashlights in your jack-o-lanterns. At Halloween, firefighters nationwide battle increased home fires and burn-related injuries. These are often caused by candle-ignited costumes and decorations. To avoid tripping hazards, avoid costumes with masks, which may obstruct vision and lead to serious injuries from trips and falls.

THANKSGIVING FIRES THREATEN LIVES

Thanksgiving is all about the harvest. Many festive homeowners like to use floral arrangements made from dried and highly flammable plant life. According to the US Fire Administration, there are more than 2,000 residential fires reported each year on Thanksgiving Day.

SAFER TREE DECORATING

For many Florida, Alabama South Carolina, and North Carolina homeowners, Christmas is the grand finale of holiday decorating. Many homeowners spend weeks building the perfect holiday atmosphere all around their home. Hanging lights on the exterior of your home is very dangerous, for obvious reasons. Many of us hire a helper to assist or complete some of our holiday decorating. Ensure those handypersons are properly licensed and insured, both for their own injuries and for their liability to you, your home and your guests. To discuss adequate liability coverage, talk to a Frontline agent today.

If you choose the newer air blown inflatable displays, make sure to unplug them before bedtime. Leaving them powered all evening can lead to electrical fires.

The CPSC offers many more helpful safety ideas for the Christmas decorating season at this link.

LIVE TREE SAFETY

The older and drier the tree, the more likely it is to catch fire. Check a tree’s dryness before you buy it. Choose a tree with resin on the tree stump and needles that do not easily snap when bent or drop when you shake the tree. Cut trees are thirsty. Always fill your tree’s water basin to prevent it from drying out.

ARTIFICIAL TREE SAFETY

If you select an artificial tree, be sure to choose one labeled “fire resistant.” Don’t confuse “fire resistant” with “fire-proof,” however. Fire resistant simply means the tree is designed to be less flammable and easier to extinguish should it catch fire

These are all handy tips and great advice from good sources. However, few know the specifics of your needs, your home and your homeowners coverage considerations better than your insurance agent. For an online no-obligation homeowners quote, visit Frontline today. Enjoy your holidays with the peace of mind knowing you have properly protected your home and assets.
The CPSC offers many helpful ideas for safety during Christmas decorating season at this link:http://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/121347/611.pdflink.

Gathering with friends and family is the best part of the holidays. For a wonderful light-filled event, consider visiting the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park near Charleston. If you would like a quote on your home insurance near Charleston, visit this link or this link for a quote on your condo insurance.

Please remember that the comments contained in this blog are general in nature and that coverage under any specific policy of insurance will depend upon the terms and conditions of such policy.