Celebrating Christmas in this country is exuberant and festive and altogether very joyful: families and friends exchanging gifts, parties everywhere and a whole lot more! Truly, Christmas is the season to be jolly!
However, one must not forget that danger lurks even during Christmastime. And what is even sadder than having invited the danger into your home yourself?
Decorating for Christmas is not just fun. It is also a great way to create the perfect ambience for you and your guests. But beauty doesn’t always equate to safety. To avoid untimely demise and unwanted accidents at home, do not forget the following:
1. Place decorations wisely and strategically. Before going all out with your Christmas ornaments, consider where you would place them and how safe it is for them to be placed there. For instance, make sure that Christmas lights and other electricity-ran decors are far away from areas where water usually is, like your water dispenser, kitchen sinks and bathroom. Also make sure that flammable materials, such as paper snowflakes and cloth doilies, are put far away from candles or a fireplace, if you have one.
2. Avoid hazardous ornaments. While inevitable sometimes, make sure that your Christmas decors do not have sharp edges (the ends of Christmas stars can be sandpapered until blunt). Also avoid hanging heavy Christmas balls and the like as they might fall and hurt someone in the head. Make sure that inedible ornaments are out of children’s reach to avoid possible poisoning.
3. Do not “over-decorate.” Aside from the fact that it will look tacky and disorganized, overdoing your decorations can potentially harm your family, friends and other house guests. Always make sure that there is enough pacing space and leg room for at least two people in one room, depending on how big your home is. That way, you are sure that no ornaments are damaged – and no body parts, too.
4. Check and double-check that the house is secured before stepping out. Before attending parties outside your home, do not fail to turn off all Christmas lights and plug out electricity-ran ornaments. It is very unwise to leave any of these turned on. It is a potential fire hazard, despite how pretty your house might look from a passer-by’s perspective. The only thing worse than going home to an empty house on Christmas day is going home and find no house at all.
Safety over aesthetic is a must and should not be compromised at all times. After all, Christmas is about love and what better way to express this to your loved ones than by making sure that they are secure at all times? Have a safe Christmas, everyone!