Decorating Safety

Monday, December 9, 2013

Decoration safetyOne of the most exciting things about the Christmas season is setting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house. It is a great way for the whole family to indulge in a fun filled activity and bond together. However, there are a few safety tips that you need to keep in mind when setting up the tree. If the proper safety guidelines are not observed the Christmas tree could catch fire or collapse. Here’s what you should look out for while setting up the decoration:

Certified Lights

When purchasing lights for your Christmas tree and for your home, be sure to check if they are certified. The best lights for decorating your house on Christmas are the ones certified by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). These lights are of the highest quality and you’ll be safe when using them. Also, if you are putting up lights outside the house, make sure that the light is certified to be used outside the home. Some lights are only meant for indoor use and may prove hazardous if used outdoors.

Reusing Old Lights

Reusing the lights from last year’s decoration is a great way to save a few bucks. However, old lights can get damaged over the year even if you stored them safely. Before you install the lights, you should check the wires and bulbs properly. If the wires are soiled or damaged or if the bulbs are broken, discard the lights and buy new ones. You should never compromise on safety.

Decoration Type

Always choose decoration types wisely. Choose decorations which are non-combustible. In addition, small decoration pieces should be avoided if you have kids or pets in the house. These pieces may look beautiful but they’re not worth putting the safety of your child or pet at risk. 


Candles add a nice ambiance to the home during the holiday season. When using candles, be sure to keep them away from anything which is flammable. One of the most common reasons for holiday fires are candles which are left unattended or in the wrong place.

So, observe these safety tips and you are sure to have a Merry Christmas!