Christmas is an awesome holiday. Although, It’s a busy, chaotic time of year you get to enjoy lots of fun activities with friends and family, things that you rarely do the rest of the year. Below is a checklist that helps you keep track of special holiday activities that aren’t part of your day-to-day routine. The focus of this checklist is home safety keeping you, your family and guests safe during the holiday season.
DECORATING YOUR HOME OUTDOORS
- Plan your outdoor holiday lighting ahead of time: Unless you’re using solar-powered lights or new LED lights that draw very little power (read Save Energy with LED Christmas Lights), you need to map out where to plug in your lights or you run the risk of causing a fire.
- Put together your holiday hanging kit: Focusing on materials that you can leave up and reuse year after year. Use stainless hooks and screws plus floral wire and plastic cable ties to hang your decorations. Only use extension cords rated for outdoor use.
- Unless you work on a ladder frequently, don’t do it: Following a three-year study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that almost 18,000 people ended up in emergency rooms due to holiday decorating falls and it’s estimated the total number of injuries is 2 to 3 times this number.
- Save energy using timers to control your holiday lights: Preset them to turn the lights on and more important, turn them off so there’s no concern when you’re traveling or already in bed.
- Buy your live tree early as cut trees dehydrate: You can do more to keep your tree fresh than most sellers.
- When buying your tree, check to see how fresh the tree is by running your hand along a branch to see if the needles are soft and remain attached. If the needles shed easily, don’t buy the tree.
- When you get home, don’t bring the tree inside. Keep the tree where it’s cool, i.e. outside or in the garage. Cut the tree trunk and sit it in a bucket of water.
- When you’re ready to decorate the tree, cut the trunk and place it in the stand and immediately fill the stand with water. You’ll need to add water every 1 to 2 days to keep your tree fresh.
CREATING A SAFE HOLIDAY ENVIRONMENT
- Install several light timers: to make your home appear occupied even when you’re not home.
- Greet your guests with well lit walkways: Be sure to check your exterior lights, and changing light bulbs requiring a ladder is a good thing to do when putting up holiday lights.
- Remove anything that might cause a fall: Handrails need to be secure and pick up rock salt or similar de-icer if you frequently have ice on your walkways. Providea place for family and guests to sit when removing or putting on boots.
- Often lighting up the fireplace is a last minute thought:Prepare your kindling now and buy a box of 11-inch-long fireplace matches.
- Officials stress fire safety as holiday season nears (charlotte.news14.com)
- Turning our home into a holiday. (beatbeatheartbeat.com)
- Don’t Be a Christmas Casualty (travel4health.wordpress.com)