Home for the Holidays!

December 7, 2011


Even if you’ve successfully and safely made your office festive for the season, most people won’t leave their holiday spirit in their cubicle. Decorating safely at home is just as important as decorating safely at the office. Whether you live in a dorm, retirement home, apartment or house, following a few key safety tips will keep your presents and your life safe throughout the holiday merriment.

Tree Tips:

  • If you opt to decorate with fresh trees or greenery, choose one that is green and fresh. Fresh pines or spruces will have needles that bend, while a fir’s will cleanly snap. The presence of sap also indicates freshness.
  • Help your decorating tree to retain its moisture by cutting it at least one inch from the base, at an angle and keeping it secured in a container of water away from the wind and the sun, until you are ready to move it indoors.
  • Ensure that your tree stand is large and secure enough to support your top-heavy tree.
  • Prepare for your tree to “drink” one quart of water for each inch of diameter during its first week in your home.
  • Contact your local waste disposal service to determine the best and most proper way to dispose of your tree after the holidays.
  • If you use an artificial tree, make sure it is fire resistant and that you do not use electric lights on a metal tree structure.

Tips for Large Décor Items:

  • When decorating with large items or displays, take care not to block doorways or emergency exit routes.
  • Keep all décor away from heat or energy sources that could ignite them.
  • Consider using stabilizers if you live in an area prone to earthquakes.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby, just in case.
  • Use indoor items indoors and outdoor items outdoors only.

While these tips may be specific to your home or apartment living situation, don’t forget to also consider carrying over holiday safety tips from your office as well. Safety, like Santa, never really takes a holiday. Make sure you remain aware of the safety basics and extras, even during this lighthearted time of year.

For more information regarding personal and public facility or institution safety, contact Vanguard Resources expert safety engineers.