Merry Christmas! It’s time to deck the halls

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so, let’s chat about some holiday safety!

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire....
Traditionally, candles are used for decoration, and fireplaces are used to warm up the house, burn the yule logs and roast chestnuts. But open flames can be dangerous; especially since as we age, we have slower reaction times. Use battery-operated candles in lieu of real ones if possible. Since we live in a colder climate and have traditionally used fireplaces as a source of warmth, look into alternative heating systems that don’t use open flames, such as electric fireplaces and portable space heaters.

Oh, (fake) Christmas tree.
A fire-resistant faux Christmas tree is the best option when decorating a home. They come in a wide variety of sizes and are far less likely to catch on fire. Make sure any electrical cords for the lights are secured well away from walking paths so they do not present a fall hazard.

The stockings were hung...
Use shatter-proof ornaments to make trimming the tree and safety hooks for hanging decorations. Consider using festive ribbon to hang things and keep decorations within arm’s reach to prevent climbing up on the ladder.

...By the UNLIT chimney with care

Since we already talked about using electrical heat sources, and decor you’ll be dealing with quite a few electrical cords during the holidays. Inspect all cords to ensure they aren’t damaged or frayed. Make sure all cords aren't left in walking paths and are tucked away safely. Also make sure you know if lights are approved for indoor use, outdoor use, or both. If the label is missing or there is any doubt, use only inside. Putting lights and lit decorations on a timer can be convenient as well.