‘Tis the season to trim the tree and put up all the lights on the house. Be sure to watch the ladder step while you’re at it. Holiday decorating can be hazardous if you’re not careful. Help keep it fun and festive with these holiday safety tips.
When you’re purchasing electrical products, make sure they are from trusted retailers and check whether they are to be used indoors or outdoors. Always inspect the lights you use to make sure the wires are intact and don’t have any loose connections. You’ll want to check to see if your items have been tested by recognized testing laboratories such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Intertek (ETL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA). A good rule of thumb is to never connect more than three strands together and to make sure you don’t overload your electrical outlets with too many decorations. Lastly, make sure to turn off all your decorations when you leave your house or go to sleep.
When you’re beginning to decorate, make sure to do a good inspection of your ladder before using it. Always be sure to keep three points of contact while on your ladder. This could be two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand. Follow the 1-to-4 rule as well for extension ladders. This is for every four feet your ladder is raised up, move the base of the ladder out one foot from wherever you are using your ladder. Finally, never use furniture as a ladder as you could easily get hurt!
Fire safety is very important to remember. If you have an artificial tree, make sure they are fire-resistant. Make sure your decorations are also noncombustible or flame-resistant. Real or not, you do not want to place your tree by a fireplace, radiator or any other kind of heat source. If you like candles but want to avoid possible fire hazards, try battery-operated candles instead.