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Holiday Safety – Decoration Tip Do’s and Don’ts

It’s that time of year again to get out all your holiday decorations and create a festive wonderland with them. It’s a great time to show your creative side while displaying the holiday spirit and while it’s mostly fun, you do have to follow some simple safety guidelines so that you don’t end up looking like Chevy Chase in the Griswold’s Christmas Vacation. Below are some Do’s and Don’ts of Holiday safety.

1. DO place the Christmas tree away from fireplaces and radiators, and keep the stand filled with water. Heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly.

2. DO check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets. Always replace burned-out bulbs promptly with the same wattage bulbs.

3. DO NOT use more than three standard-size sets of lights per extension cord. Make sure the extension cord is rated for the intended use.

4. DO NOT use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.

5. DO OR DO NOT (your choice) overdo the holiday decorations! Pics of those that overdid it below:

Mike Spicer / All County Insurance / 714-255-5650

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