5 Ways On How To Make Your Home Stylish And Safe This Christmas
Make sure your tree doesn't topple over!
Decorating your home is probably one of the things you’re looking forward to this Christmas, especially if you have kids. But before you get caught in the frenzy of stars and glitters and lanterns and Christmas balls, keep safety in check. Dr. Paul Michael Hernandez, an occupational health and safety consultant, shares these tips:
1. Prevent possible fires by choosing safe Christmas lights.
“Buy Christmas lights with ICC stickers or seals. Do not place Christmas lights near flammable materials. Turn off Christmas lights when you are away or about to sleep,” says Paul.
2. Keep potentially hazardous decor away from children, no matter how cute these ornaments are.
“Watch out for pieces that are too small that can be choking hazards. Also, do not buy ornaments that might contain lead.”
3. Avoid trees that are much taller than you are.
“If you can’t help it, go for trees with a broader base. Place support on the base by putting additional displays—like reindeer and gifts—under the tree to keep it stable. Support the top of the tree through wires attached to the walls to keep the tree from toppling over. Do not overload the tree with too many ornaments.”
4. After decorating your room, make sure you can still move freely, especially if your space is small.
“Go for smaller ornaments or replace the usual decor choices with Christmas-themed ones like your dinnerware. Do not place too many ornaments especially where you stay or even sleep as these might topple or fall during earthquakes. Safety first.”
5. Do not buy firecrackers weeks before the New Year’s Eve.
“Storing firecrackers is not advisable. Once bought, place them outside of your home, keeping them shaded and well-ventilated and away from fire starters such as cigarettes and open flames. Also, have water nearby to control fires in case they break out. I am also an advocate of buying fire extinguishers for homes among other things.”
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