It’s enjoyable to decorate your home – whether you add seasonal decor or items that stay up permanently year-round. Although you want your home to look its best to enable you to enjoy the time you spend there, it’s also important to keep your home safe.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has important safety tips and hints that should help you spot dangers and remove them from your home. With safe decorations, you can relax and enjoy them because there’s no risk to family and friends.
Use home safety decoration ideas to add charm and embellishment to both the interior and exterior of your home.
A tree with needles that pull out easily or that break when you bend them is not fresh and may pose a fire risk in your home.”
Although candles add warmth and ambiance to indoor areas, they can also pose significant risk of fire. Never leave candles burning unattended, especially when you have children and pets in your home. Never place lit candles near flammable surfaces such as evergreen materials, paper or fabric. Never place candles where they could easily be tipped or blown over. Never use flammable candleholders for candles.
A possible alternative to lit candles could be battery-powered or electrical candles. These candles produce similar flickering lights and even a scent in some cases – without the danger of an open flame in your home.
2.Safety with Lights
All decorator lights – both interior and exterior – should have a label that indicates testing from an independent laboratory. This ensures that the lights are high quality and should pose no safety issues when you use them.
Examine lights prior to installing them, even if they are new. If you find broken sockets, frayed wires or loose connections, repair or replace the lights. Install lights securely, both indoors and outdoors. If you mount lights outdoors, ensure that you fasten them tightly to a structure so that outdoor elements will not blow them down.
Never connect more than three sets of lights to one extension cord. Always turn off lights when you leave your home or when you retire for the night. When you use lights for decor, check the wires from time to time to see if they feel warm. Disconnect the lights if you feel warmth – this could indicate an overloaded electrical outlet.
Consider using flame-resistant artificial trees inside your home. If you must use a real tree, purchase a fresh one to reduce the risk of fire. A tree with needles that pull out easily or that break when you bend them is not fresh and may pose a fire risk in your home.
Keep trees away from sources of heat, including fireplaces and radiators. Keep a fresh tree watered continuously to prevent it from drying out.
Consider wiring a tree to upper walls or ceilings to prevent it from falling over.
Most accidents happen in the bathroom. The combination of water and linoleum or tile often causes many people, both young and old, to slip and fall. Installing bars near the shower or tub can help reduce such accidents. The bars should be sturdy and able to hold a lot of weight. In cases where guests and residents are prone to life-threatening accidents, safety is more important than decoration.
It's also important to avoid rugs that don't have a non-slip bottom. A rug with no rubber bottom will create less friction between the ground and your foot, often adding to the list of possible bathroom accidents. Bathroom rugs are great for keeping the floor dry (and avoiding water damage!) but getting the wrong kind can be just as dangerous.
It may be necessary to rearrange a room for seasonal decor to make room for extra objects such as a tree. Although you may need to be creative with your temporary rearranging, never block an exit with a large object. If a fire occurs in your home, seconds count. If you have to move a large object out of the way to use an exit, this could waste precious escape seconds.
Make your home decor as beautiful and enjoyable as possible while keeping it safe at the same time. The beauty you surround yourself with will be more entertaining and pleasurable when you have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your decor is safe.