It’s that time of year where people are lighting up the chimney, roasting marshmallows and putting up festive decorations for the season. It’s also the time of year when many people start to think about Christmas safety.
Christmas is another disaster filled holiday that unfortunately leads to many families being displaced because of fire damage.
We want you and your family to know what you're up against so we put together these Christmas safety tips for you to avoid some of the Christmas safety problems that come up every year.
Christmas Light Safety Tips
One of the more overlooked safety concerns for Christmas holiday safety come from lights and electrical safety.
It’s very common to see homes filled with lights both on the outside and inside of the house. So let’s take a quick look at some of the key things to think about while decorating.
Christmas light safety
If you are putting up Christmas lights on the outside of your home then you must remember that you are going to have to think about how to power outdoor Christmas lights safely as well as what to hang them with.
First, let’s talk about powering the Christmas lights. If you’re still following the example most of our grandparents set with a few extension cords, untangling large strings of lights and then hanging them around the roof (secured by nails bought to build the fence) then you are putting yourself in a serious risk.
Those big orange extension cords are a huge trip hazard to anyone who comes on your property. Imagine if a delivery driver were to be injured at your home while delivering a gift to your door. And while these extension cords still work great, the problem is that if you use both plugs in an outlet you run the risk of causing a fire from an overloaded outlet. Instead, you should pick up an outdoor power stake.
This one on Amazon has a 9 foot weatherproof extension cord built into it and has 6 outlets that can be used to plug in those strings of lights without having to worry about overloading your main outlet.
Plus, it’s fire resistant and has an on/off switch that acts as a circuit breaker.
How To hang Exterior Christmas Lights Safely
Hanging Christmas lights that have been sitting tangled in a box in the dark corners of the attic can present a few dangers of their own.
Think about it...
Imagine you hang all of your lights, plug them in and find out that most don’t work because of damaged wires in the cord. What some people would do is attempt to fix them while hung, which means climbing a ladder an fiddling with the light strands. Not safe.
It’s better to plug in each strand individually before hanging them so that any strands that don’t work can be fixed while you are not 10 feet in the air on a ladder.
Also, never use nails or tacks to secure the lights to your house.
This video will give you some suggestions on Christmas light safety and how you hang those Christmas lights without using nails
Christmas Ladder Safety
This brings us to ladder safety. Here are 6 ladder safety tips to keep in mind while you decorate for christmas.
Christmas Safety Tips For Pets
Pet lovers can rest assured that your curious friend will most likely get into some things that could cause danger for themselves and you as well.
Here are a few Christmas safety tips to consider if you have a pet
Consider using a Christmas Tree Safety Gate
A Christmas tree safety gate is good for keeping small pets and children a safe distance from the Christmas tree. You can pick one up from Amazon as well
Christmas Safety: Shopping Tips To Stay Safe
One thing is for certain, Christmas shopping is one of the most busy activities during this time of the year.
You know it, I know it and unfortunately, so do thieves. So let’s look at some of the key things you can do for Christmas shopping safety.
Stores with extended hours
Some stores will have extended hours to help those who need to shop at night. Low light and high traffic are the holiday thieves dream. This is when they can move undetected through big crowds to pickpocket and shoplift with let chance of being spotted right away.
However, the career criminals tend to stick to breaking into the cars in the parking lots or robbing and scamming the people who are in the parking lot alone.
It’s vital to keep your wits about you and stay focused on being as safe as possible. That means parking in well lit areas and ask a store clerk to walk purchases to your car whenever possible.
Christmas Safety For Your Home and Car
Christmas time is also one of the best times to call about home and auto insurance because it is a time of year that presents much higher risks.
Christmas Day and Christmas eve are 2 of the 3 most dangerous times of year when it comes to house fires. The other is thanksgiving.
The Christmas season is also one that sees more cars being broken into and more homes being vandalized.
All of these risks are easily covered simply by checking on your policy. And it’s also a great time to get a new quote and see how much you can save on your coverage.