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Deck the Halls Safely This Holiday Season: Tips from Florida Realtors®

As you’re decking the halls this holiday season, be sure you’re doing it safely. Florida Realtors® has shared some valuable tips to help you prepare for a festive and secure celebration. Read on to learn how to make your home both beautiful and safe during this special time of year.

1. Choose the Right Tree

When selecting a live Christmas tree, opt for one with fresh, green needles that don’t fall off when touched. Ensure the tree is well-watered and away from heat sources, such as fireplaces, radiators, and candles. If you prefer an artificial tree, make sure it is flame-retardant.

2. Inspect Your Lights

Before you start stringing up your holiday lights, check them for any frayed wires, broken sockets, or loose connections. Use only lights that have been tested for safety and bear a label from an approved testing laboratory. Additionally, remember to turn off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

3. Be Cautious with Candles

Candles add a warm and festive touch to your holiday decorations but can also be a fire hazard. Place them in stable holders and keep them away from flammable materials, such as curtains and furniture. Never leave a burning candle unattended, and consider using flameless candles for added safety.

4. Keep Your Home Secure

The holiday season is a prime time for burglaries, so take extra precautions to protect your home. Install a security system, use outdoor lighting to deter intruders, and avoid posting your travel plans on social media. Have a trusted neighbor or friend keep an eye on your home if you’re going away for the holidays.

5. Practice Fire Safety

With the increased use of lights, candles, and heating devices, the risk of a house fire is higher during the holiday season. Make sure your smoke alarms are working, and have a fire extinguisher readily available. In case of an emergency, have a fire escape plan in place and practice it with your family.

6. Keep Your Decorations Child and Pet-Friendly

As you decorate your home, be mindful of the safety of children and pets. Avoid using small or breakable ornaments that can be easily swallowed, and secure any cords to prevent tripping hazards. Choose non-toxic plants for your holiday décor, as some traditional plants, like mistletoe and holly, can be harmful if ingested.

By following these safety tips from Florida Realtors®, you can ensure a joyful and secure holiday season for you and your loved ones. For more information on home safety and real estate, visit Jessica Fulk’s website and explore resources such as buying a home and selling a home guides. Happy holidays!

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