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5 Ways On How To Make Your Home Stylish And Safe This Christmas

Make sure your tree doesn't topple over!

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Photography: Christian Halili (Main Photo)

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: 

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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.

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“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.” 

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