As soon as winter marks its beginning with the cold weather and longer nights, it makes us start to anticipate for the festivity season and of course, decorating for Christmas. Christmas decorations are put up as early as November in some houses.
As festive and heart-warming it may look to have a beautiful living room all decorated for almost a whole month, Christmas decorations can also be the cause of accidents and health and safety issues, like fire hazards, though candles being lit on in the evening and electrical lightings displayed on windows and other places around the house.
Therefore, it is fundamental that precautions are taken when planning and decorating for Christmas, especially when you have children or will be expecting a lot of families with children to your house.
Here are a few guidelines on how to decorate safely for the festivity season:
- Never leave decorative lighting display on for a prolonged time, especially if it is on the Christmas tree. Remember to turn them off before you leave home.
- Decorate with children in mind. Do not put ornaments that have metal hooks or which look like food or candy on the lower branches where small children can reach them and try to eat them by accident.
- Do not leave burning candles unattended and always have a window slightly opened whenever a candle is burning in a room. Never burn candles close to the Christmas tree or even worse, on the tree!
- Artificial snow sprays are harmful for young children if inhaled. Use them very carefully if you have children at home.
- Christmas plants and berries such as holly berries, poinsettias and Jerusalem cherry are all potentially harmful if eaten. If a child eats any part of a plant, call the nearest Poison Control Center.