If you haven’t already, it’s time to start putting up your Christmas decorations. It seems like no matter how prepared we think we are, there are always find more things at the store or hiding around the house that we can use to decorate in honor of the holiday season. To decorate your house is to bond with family because we all know “there’s no place like home for the holidays.” While putting up the tree and hanging the ornaments, recognize the safety hazards and how to avoid injuring yourself or your family during the holidays.
Be Careful With Ladders
A ladder is one of the most handy tools we have when decorating for the holidays. Whether we’re hanging lights in our front yards or on our Christmas tree, ladders are there to help us reach the highest places. If you are the one putting the topper on the tree this year, make sure someone is holding onto the opposite side to prevent you from falling. Also, when placing your ladder, put it on even ground. If there is a rug, make sure both legs are either on or off. Ladders used to decorate can be our biggest helpers or greatest nightmares if we are not careful.
Double Check the Strands of Lights
When you have been using the same decorations year after year, it’s hard to believe they will ever break down. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and it’s better to know about it before you start to decorate and they start an electrical fire. Before hanging your lights this year, check for any broken or frayed wires. Plug them in before, to see if there is a short or a disconnect that could possibly catch your trees or other festive greenery on fire. If you are unsure, spend the extra $5 to get a new strand. It’s worth it to keep your decorations fresh and your family safe.
Blow Out the Candles
One of the most popular gifts for coworkers and distance friends is a nice, holiday scented candle. They come in gingerbread, holly, peppermint and any other delicious flavor you could imagine. Unfortunately, they are one of the most common causes of house fires in America. Be sure that you light candles in a place where nothing flammable is near, including the ceiling or Christmas decorations. And when you leave the house, be sure every festive holiday candle is blown out to keep your house and your pets safe while you are away.
Injuries can happen at any time during the holidays, whether you want them to or not. Avoid falling from a ladder and any other injury by taking a few extra steps to secure yourself and your home while you decorate. If you or someone you love is injured during the holiday season, contact Colley & Colley law firm in Austin, Texas for a free consultation. You could be eligible for compensation.