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Mansfield Ohio Home Safety Tips for the Holidays
Decorating your home for the holidays is a tradition that dates back centuries, and it's still as fun as ever! While you're busy decking the halls, however, it's important to make sure that you prioritize safety at all items. Holiday lights, wreaths, trees, and decorations do pose some safety risks when installed improperly, but the good news is that there are plenty of simple steps you can take to decorate as safely as possible this holiday season. Our REALTORS® are looking forward to the holiday decorating fun, and we've put together a collection of tips to help you deck the halls safely for the holidays.

Tips for Safe Decorating During the Holiday Season

As you cruise the community checking out Mansfield homes for sale, you'll notice that many homeowners in the area love to go big for the holidays. Decorating is a fun activity for the whole family during the holidays, and taking the necessary safety precautions will help you enjoy the season with peace of mind.

Holiday Light Safety

Holiday lights are one of the most common sources of holiday decorating mishaps because any device that depends on electricity carries some risk of fire. So checking your lights to make sure that they're safe, well-maintained, and properly placed should be a top safety priority.

  • Check each strand of lights for wear or frayed wires, and replace any strands that are showing signs of age. Frayed wires and holiday decorations are not a good combination.

  • Do you like your Christmas tree bright and shiny? If so, make sure you're not overloading any outlets when you plug in all of those lights.

  • When you hang lights indoors, do your best to keep them away from curtains, furniture, and other fabrics.

  • Heading to bed, or going out for the evening? Make sure to turn off all of your lights while you're gone, to limit your risk of an unpleasant surprise when you get home.

  • If you have any questions about safety precautions for your specific brand of holiday lights, the manufacturer's instructions are a great place to turn for guidance. In fact, it's a good idea to make reading the instructions a habit for any decorations you purchase.

  • Purchase your holiday lights from a business you know well, and make sure that any lights you purchase have been reviewed by a reputable testing agency.

A Healthy Tree and More Holiday Safety Tips

While electrical items are a top priority, there are also plenty of little things you can do to improve safety in other areas. Taking good care of your Christmas tree is a perfect place to start, and it's also important to make sure that you are safe while you decorate your home for the holidays.

  • Keep your tree hydrated to help minimize the risk of fire, by making sure that you water it each day and clearing out any dried bristles.

  • When you're decorating outdoors, you may find yourself in need of extension cords. Make sure that any cords you use are in good condition, and rated for outdoor use.

  • Hanging decorations in high places? Always practice good ladder safety by avoiding power lines, anchoring your ladder in a sturdy place, and making sure someone else is there in case there are any accidents.

Are you searching the right home in the right location and the real estate team who will help you accomplish your goals? Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Mansfield, Ohio area with help from our experienced real estate team.

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