Simple Home Prep For A Safe Christmas

November 27, 2018

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Now that the final leftovers from Thanksgiving have been eaten, it's time to prepare your house for Christmas.  Here are some steps to make the holidays definitely brighter! Declutter. The holidays can bring a lot of clutter into your life, whether it’s decorations, endless rolls of wrapping paper, gift bags, the gifts themselves, cards and letters, crafts, or plates of holiday-themed cookies. Before you even think of stringing up a set of lights, you’ll want to clear out any extraneous belongings that have piled up around your house in the past few months. Conveniently, the end of the year is also a great time to make charitable donations, so you'll probably want to be making piles of clothing and other household items to donate anyway. Baby and pet proof your decorations. Both tend to be attracted to the delicate ornaments hanging on the bottom branches of Christmas trees, for instance, as well as to sparkling tinsel and ribbons that can be choking hazards. Stay away from tinsel, and put only shatterproof ornaments within reach of little hands and paws. Keep in mind that some traditional holiday plants can be toxic, including holly (particularly holly berries) and mistletoe, so make sure those are kept out of reach, too. And when it comes to lighting holiday candles, never leave those open flames unattended. Be mindful of your power outlets. Long strings of lights, blow-up displays, and other trimmings of holiday cheer can be hard on your home electric system. If you really plan to go wild, experts recommend that you bring in an electrician to install an extra circuit to power your holiday wonderland. It’s also a good time to get a whole-house surge protector installed or have the old one inspected. Make sure your tree is fire resistant too. Christmas trees are a major contributor to house fires, and those fires tend to be even more deadly than other types of house fires. You’ll want to make sure your tree stays as fresh and well-watered as possible to reduce that risk. When you get it home, cut an inch or so off the bottom before placing it in water. Make sure that it always has enough water to cover the base of the trunk. (You’ll probably have to refill daily.) Set the tree up far from heat sources and out of direct sunlight, and consider using a room humidifier to prevent it from drying out.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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