Decorate safely and light up your home
(NC)Decorating the house is a fun activity for the whole family, but don't forget the necessary yet simple safety measures when adorning your home for the holidays. While twinkling lights and flickering aromatic candles look and smell great, they can also be dangerous if the right precautions are not taken.
To make sure your home will dazzle, the experts from leading retailer, RONA, share their top three holiday decorating safety tips:
If you will be lighting wick candles throughout your home, it is important to strategically place them out of reach of children and pets, and away from flammable decorations such as a tree or garland. Alternatively, LED candles have popped up everywhere and have a natural glow. Consider lighting up your home with different sized LED candles this season while reducing the risk of fires.
Make sure your tree is properly secured and in the right size stand. The last thing you want is your tree to topple over, destroying your ornaments or injuring someone. Be sure to measure the base of your tree before purchasing a stand. Stands with four prongs or more offer the best support. If you have a large tree, ensure the weight of the base can support the tree, especially if it is top-heavy. You will want to ensure your tree is secure enough to be kid and pet-proof so if they decide to tug on it or accidentally knock into it, it won't go anywhere.
If you use a ladder to hang lights, outdoors or indoors, it is wise to ask someone to hold the ladder in place when doing so. During the cooler months, the ground is firmer and potentially more slippery if frost, snow and ice are in the mix. Taking this extra safety precaution will minimize the risk of slips and falls and keep you in one piece for the celebrations.
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