It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Decking the halls, wrapping gifts, and decorating the tree are often done weeks ahead of the actual holiday. And, while being prepped for this magical season requires careful planning, it doesn’t take too much time or effort to consider safety!
Usually, families store and reuse their decorations for years. Be sure to inspect electrical elements, such as stringed lights, for cracked sockets or loose wires. Anything looking frayed or questionable should be discarded. You might be tempted, but it’s important to avoid plugging in multiple strands of lights, as this will overload the outlet and can cause a fire. Be sure to take your time when hanging lights that require the use of a ladder to avoid falls and damage that can be caused to your property.
Another seasonal favorite is the use of candles. Scents such as “Christmas Cookie” or “Holiday Wreath” invoke fond memories of past holidays. As you get ready to light the wick, pay close attention to where you set down the candle. Keeping them far away from decorations and anything flammable will help to avoid a fire. Follow the burn time and be sure to blow them out before heading to bed or leaving the house. Have young kids or pets in the house? Consider buying battery-operated versions that are much safer but still give off a warm, welcoming glow.
Another hazard? A dry tree! Christmas trees require daily watering to keep them happy and healthy. Be sure to keep up with a consistent watering schedule to lessen any accidental fires that is caused from a parched tree and those beautiful (but hot!) lights.
Although Christmas trees are the number one plant associated with the season, there are plenty of other gorgeous plants that are used to get into the holiday spirit. Mistletoe, holly berries, Poinsettias, Jerusalem cherry and amaryllis plants, while beautiful, are also very poisonous to small children and pets. By keeping them off the ground, and away from small hands, these seasonal beauties can be enjoyed without harming vulnerable loved ones. Still unsure as far as safety is concerned? Thankfully, there are realistic, artificial versions that you can buy.
With these small steps, we hope to spread holiday cheer and safety, and our continued commitment to all your insurance needs.
We at Georgetown Insurance Agency wish you all a safe and joyful Holiday Season!