With the holidays rapidly approaching, this time of year can get busy for individuals and their families. Everything from work to planning to spend time with family, the holiday season can be a hectic time. Finding time to decorate your home for the holidays can help get you and your family into the festive spirit because nothing says Christmas like a beautifully lit tree or Hanukkah like a perfectly arranged menorah. While decorating can be a fun and exciting time, it is very important to take all the safety measures to ensure that no reckless accidents occur and put a damper on your holiday season. Here are some very helpful safety tips from the property insurance lawyers at Blaut Weiss Law Group to keep in mind for your holiday home decorating ideas.
Holiday Decorating Safety Tips
- Lights – before stringing up any holiday lights, you should make sure to inspect each strand. You should look for any frayed cords, broken bulbs, loose connections or anything else that looks to be a safety concern. By making sure each strand is safe, you can put your mind at ease knowing that when you have them plugged in they will work and be safe.
- Turn out the lights – always turn off the lights or unplug them when you plan to be gone for extended periods of time. This is especially important if you have them set on a timer because forgetting to turn them on and off can be very easy. Just unplug them before heading out of town to visit your family over the holidays.
- Christmas Tree – you should always choose the freshest tree that you can. This is important because a fresh tree holds a lot more moisture and thus resists catching fire a lot better. No matter how fresh your tree is, it is always a good idea to keep candles and open flames away. The same rule applies to an artificial Christmas tree.
- All decorations – always buy decorations that are marked from accredited and/or certificated organizations to make sure that the decorations pass all necessary safety and performance requirements. This is especially important for insurance purposes in case anything unfortunate does happen.
- Menorah – when celebrating Hanukkah, there are a few safety tips to keep you, your family and home safe.
- Place the Menorah on a sturdy, non-flammable surface out of reach from children or pets.
- Keep books, papers, curtains or other flammable items away.
- Never leave a lit menorah unattended and always blow out the candles when you leave the room.
- Instruct your children on how to light a menorah properly.
- Hanging Lights – there are several important safety tips to remember when hanging up lights outside. First, never connect more than one extension cord together. Second, keep connectors off of the ground and out of metal rain gutters and use insulated electrical tape or plastic clips to hold the lights in place. Third, when using a ladder make sure that the ladder is on solid, level ground and you read and follow all the safety information on the ladder before use. Each and every year, the news is filled with stories of personal injuries happening while decorating for the holidays.
- Latkes and Sufaniyot – if you and your family enjoy the tradition of making your own holiday latkes and sufaniyots, then be sure to follow safe cooking and frying instructions from the USDA.
- Use a deep, heavy skillet and avoid cast iron.
- Never fill more than 2/3 full of oil.
- Keep water away because even a few drops of water can cause oil to flare up.
- If the oil catches fire, cover the pan with a lid. DO NOT PUT WATER ON IT.
- Have a kitchen fire extinguisher near.
By following these holiday safety tips, you will be proactive in preventing any unfortunate accidents from happening. That being said, accidents do happen and even the most safety-conscious decorators can fall victim.
Be sure to thoroughly read your property insurance policy and if any part of your insurance claim is unjustly denied, let the property damage lawyers from the Blaut Weiss Law Group help you with every step of the process. Visit http://www.blautweiss.com/contact.php to request a free consultation.