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Merry, Bright, and Safe: Tips for Holiday Decorating

As the end of the year approaches, holiday lights and decorations are just about everywhere. While decorations are beautiful to look at, they also produce an increased opportunity for injury. Whether dealing with tangled lights or Christmas tree fires, there are many things to keep in mind when it comes to personal safety. But luckily, there are things that you can do to reduce your risk.

1. Avoid tree fires.

It is important to choose a tree with a lower likelihood of catching fire. When purchasing a real tree, select a fresh one (drier ones more easily catch fire). If you’re purchasing an artificial tree be sure to select one with a “Fire Resistant” label. Though not fire proof, they are less likely to catch fire. Once you have a tree, be sure to keep it away from heat sources such as radiators and fireplaces.

2. Pay attention when lighting candles.

It is really important that you have your eyes within close proximity of any lit candles. Do not go to sleep, leave the room, or leave the house without first putting the candle out. Always place candles on stable and heat-resistant surfaces and keep out of reach of small children and animals, and away from flammable items.

3. Use lights properly.

Holiday lights are one of the most beautiful and widely used decorations. That’s why it’s important to ensure that you are using the right ones safely. This means selecting ones that have been tested by nationally recognized labs and using them in the manner for which they are intended. Prior to putting up your lights, check each set for any frayed, broken, or cracked ones. Never put electric lights on a metallic tree.

4. Only use extension cords as directed.

Extension cords, when used improperly, can be very dangerous. That is why it is so important to use them as directed. If they are meant to be used indoors, use them indoors; if they are meant to be used outdoors, use them outdoors.

Consult with a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured due to another’s negligence, you should not have to pay the price. That’s why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Personal Injury Attorney.

At Gauthier Amedee, our team of qualified personal injury attorneys understands the importance of each individual case and will fight hard to protect your rights. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 225-647-1700.

Don’t delay. Get the help you need today with Gauthier Amedee.

December 12th, 2019