Each year about 8,700 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to holiday lights, decorations, and Christmas trees. Keep your family safe this holiday season with these tips from Reader’s Digest
Safer Trees and Decorations
- If purchasing an artificial tree, look for a “Fire Resistant” label, which indicated the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly if it does catch fire.
- If purchasing a live tree, make sure the tree is fresh. Needles should be hard pull from branches and should not break when bent between your fingers. The tree should be green with a sticky trunk.
- Place trees away from fireplaces and radiators, and out of the way of traffic areas and doorways.
- To keep your tree from becoming a fire hazard cut a few inches off the trunk allowing for better water absorption and keep the stand filled with water. Use only non combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. NEVER use lighted candles.
- If you have small children, avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable. Keep trimmings with small parts out of reach from children.
Bright Ideas for Lights
- Always use lights that have been tested for safety be a recognized testing laboratory.
- Check each set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Throw away any damaged lights.
- Use no more than three standard-size set of lights per single extension cord.
- Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
- Check to make sure lights are certified for outdoors before using them to decorate outside.
- Fasten outdoor lights securely to protect lights from damage.
- Turn off all lights before you go to bed or leave the house.
Readers Digest offers more tips for safe fireplaces, toys, and food preparation. Click here to read them.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Mosquito Squad!