Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

From trimming the tree to illuminating your home's exterior, here's the 101 on how to keep things festive and safe around the house this Holiday season

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013  |  Updated 5:45 PM EDT
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Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

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Trimming the tree can be a treacherous affair. Make sure you and your family stay safe by following Michael & Son's tips this Holiday season.

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This article is sponsored by Michael & Son, the leading full-service plumbing, electrical, HVAC and remodeling company serving the Washington D.C. area for over 30 years. Learn more about Michael & Son at MichaelandSon.com.

'Tis the season to host family and friends. But while a full house during the Holidays can be fun, it can also be stressful and even a little dangerous given the increased electrical use. Home fires related to electrical wiring are one of the biggest hazards during this time of year. Therefore, you’ll want to take some time to ensure your home is safe and ready for the festivities.

Luckily, that doesn't mean you have to forgo the Christmas tree and outdoor lights this year. Rather, it just takes a little planning and a few precautionary steps. Ahead, some decorating tips to avoid what could be a catastrophe.

Outdoor Decorations

  • Make sure string lights have no loose connections, cracked lamps or frayed cords.
  • When buying light strings check for CSA, UL or ELT markings. This ensures products comply with applicable standards for safety and performance.
  • Use only a single extension cord that can reach your home's outlet without being too long and being tangled.
  • Make sure lights are out when your home is unattended and before you turn in for the night.
  • Make sure all outdoor light connectors are away from metal rain gutters and off the ground.

Christmas Tree Safety

  • Make sure tree lights have the same markings as outdoor lights (see above).
  • Never use candles to light or decorate a tree.
  • To lessen the chance of a fire hazard, purchase a freshly cut tree.
  • Make sure to keep tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source.


Following these tips can help you avoid some if the common hazards of the season.

For more home improvement and home safety tips from Michael & Son, click here.

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