the Halls With Care
According to the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission, approximately 3,000 people made emergency room visits
last year due to electrical decoration mishaps.
When decorating your home this holiday
season, please follow these tips and precautions:
1. When purchasing live or cut
greenery, carefully inspect the needles. If they’re brown or break
easily, the greenery isn’t fresh and poses a greater fire risk.
2. Place your tree in a sturdy,
non-tip stand filled with water at all times.
3. With artificial trees or greens,
purchase those that are flame-retardant. Do not use electrical decorations
or light strands on artificial trees or greens that have metallic needles,
leaves, or branch coverings.
4. Place your tree or greens at least
three feet away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources.
5. Follow the manufacturer’s
instructions concerning installation and maintenance of the electrical
decorations you’ll be using.
6. Inspect each electrical decoration
before use for cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose
connections, which may cause a serious electric shock or start a fire.
Replace damaged items with new, Underwriters Laboratory-approved
7. Don’t overload extension cords or
connect more than three light-string sets together — they could cause
the cord to overheat and start a fire.
8. Don’t allow children or pets to
play with light strings, candle lights or other electrical decorations.
9. Turn off all electrical decorations
before leaving home or going to bed.