I am having trouble getting into the ‘Christmas spirit’ will the lack of snow on the ground and the mild temperatures, and this is why I haven’t starting decorating for the upcoming holidays. Many of you already have your trees up, your outside lights up, and are fully ready for Santa…so I thought this article on how to stay safe at Christmas was timely.
Parents Magazine has some tips for getting ready for and staying safe over the holidays, and the first few have to do with lights. If you’re like me, you haul out that collection of tree lights that you use every single year and, once you’ve untangled the mess, you put them on your tree, plug them in and walk away. It is much better to inspect your cords so that you can spot frayed spots, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections. Consider throwing the strings of lights out if you’ve been using the same bunch for many years…get a fresh start so that everything is in good working order.
As for leaving those lights on ALL THE TIME…the article highly recommends unplugging or turning off your lights when you’re heading to bed or leaving the house. Think about how devastating it would be to lose your home or suffer injuries because you’ve left your lights on unattended!
And while we’re thinking of it, if you didn’t test your smoke alarms when we turned our clocks back in early November, now is a good time to do that. Many of us have wood burning fireplaces, many of us use real Christmas trees, and many of us use candles at this time of year. It’s within our power to ensure our homes are safe at Christmas, so why not take responsibility and cover all the bases!
Enjoy the last few weeks before Christmas, and stay safe!
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