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How to Stay Safe While Holiday Decorating

As you deck the halls this holiday season, keep safety in mind.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Consider an Artificial Tree

Choosing an artificial tree that’s fire resistant is a good first step. Slim versions are ideal for high traffic or narrow areas like a foyer.

Step 3: Tend to a Real Tree

If using a real tree cut a couple of inches off the bottom and water daily. Make sure it’s anchored in a large steady stand and located away from any heat sources. When trimming the tree, use non-combustible or flame-resistant materials.

Step 4: Use Lighting in the Right Way

Look for UL markings on all electrical decorations, lights and extension cords. Indoor lights will have a green UL mark, while light strings approved for indoor and outdoor use have red UL marks.

When hanging lights and decorations, make sure your ladder is secure and level. Special hooks or clips help make hanging lights a snap. Avoid overloading electrical outlets; linking three lights strands is enough. Before leaving home or going to bed, turn everything off.