Ten Tips From Tallahassee For Safely Decorating for Christmas | Community Spirit
The holiday season is in full swing, the leftover turkey is a gone, the gift shopping madness has begun and family's are preparing for the Christmas Holiday. With all the festive decorations and traditional Christmas trees going up in homes across the nation, the The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Tallahassee has released a list of 10 simple tips to help keep the holiday decorating safe for everyone. With drought conditions across much of Florida the risk of fires are much higher and extra caution should be taking while hanging your lights and decorating this year.
10 Tips Form The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services For Indoor and Outdoor Holiday Decorating
- 1. Keep Christmas trees away from fireplaces, portable heaters and other heat sources.
- 2. Use extreme caution when using electric lights and decorations on artificial trees made of metallic materials.
- 3. Keep menorahs (or any open flames) away from children.
- 4. Don’t move candles while they are burning.
- 5. Check the labels on lights to make sure they were tested at a facility, such as UL of ETL.
- 6. Discard any lights with cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.
- 7. Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant decorations on a tree.
- 8.Make sure any lights you place outside were intended for such use.
- 9. Follow manufacturer's instructions regarding the number of light strings that can be safely connected together.
- 10. Always turn off holiday lights and blow out candles when going to bed or leaving the house.
Christmas Trees are extremely flammable, especially if they are not watered and dry out. A average size Christmas tree will burn all the way down in less than 5 minutes. It is important to check the water level on your live tree and make sure to has water in it's pan daily or as needed to keep it lush. While decorating it is always good to use caution when dealing with an electrical source and metal as they may come in contact and create a spark. Keep your menorahs, candles, and anything else with an open flame up and out of reach of children for the safety of everyone, preventative maintenance stops the accident before it has the chance to happen. It is always advisable to extinguish candles and give them the chance to cool down before moving them, leaving the house or going to bed for the night.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.comor follow Commissioner Putnam on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/AdamPutnam, and Twitter, @adamputnam.