Christmas Tree Safety Setup
Here are some safety tips so you and your family can enjoy a cozy and warm — and not blazing hot — yuletide holiday
It’s that time of the year of putting up Christmas decorations all over the house and — of course — setting up THE Christmas centerpiece of all: the Christmas tree! But it’s also that time of the year when health hazards abound with all the electrical equipment lying around. Keep in mind these handy hints to avoid any accidents at home.
1. Buy your Christmas lights from reputable sellers. Sure, you may be after bargain buys since you’ll be using these lights only once a year, but is compromising your home and your family’s safety with lights made of substandard materials really worth it? We think not.
2. Make sure that the lights and other Christmas decoration that requires the use of electrical power has gone through independent testing — these usually have labels such as UL or ETL which indicate that they have been laboratory-tested and are safe to use.
3. Inspect your previous year’s Christmas lights. If you spot any signs of wire corrosion, cracked or broken sockets, loose connections, or frayed wiring, toss them out. No amount of repair will render them “reusable.”
4. This is an oft-repeated piece of advice, and for good reason: Always turn off your Christmas lights and other electrical Christmas decorations before leaving the house or going to sleep. This is because they are not programmed to run all night long, and need to “breathe” for their temperature to go down.
5. In the Philippines, it’s rare to find actual, real Christmas trees. For those buying artificial ones, make sure that it is labeled and certified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
6. The placement of your Christmas tree is also important. Make sure that it is not blocking a door or any exit — just in case.
7. Replace burned out bulbs immediately, and make sure that the new bulbs have the same wattage.
8. If you’ll be using outdoor Christmas lights, check first if they are REALLY meant to be used outdoors.
9. The same applies to extension cords if you’ll be using them outdoors. Also, make it a point not to overload them, as they can get hot enough to burn.
10. After the New Year or Three Kings, you may want to consider discarding wreaths and any other Christmas décor that can easily catch fire. These include items that are made of plastic, dried leaves, and other flammable materials.
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