Holiday Safety Starts at Home

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes twinkling, colourful lights dripping from trees and rooftops, and lining windows and streets. If you’ve recently moved into a new home,or are selling your current house, and are planning on putting up lights, there are some important tips to remember to keep your home and family safe.

Lights used to get hot. These older style bulbs can cause fires with the amount of heat they produce. Although they can still be purchased, primarily what are available now are LED lights. These types of bulbs put out much less heat than the older style incandescent, making them a safer choice. As a bonus, LED’s require much less electricity to operate, therefore saving you money on your Hydro bill…..which is definitely handy during the holiday season!

If you’re stringing lights on your home, remember to use ladder safety. Ensure the ladder you’re using is rated for your weight. There are several weight categories when it comes to ladders, and it’s usually posted on a sticker on the side of the ladder. Also of great importance is to make sure somebody is spotting you at all times while using the ladder and/or if you’re on the rooftop. Don’t take chances when it comes to safety- no one wants to spend the holidays in the hospital.

There are many beautiful lights options that don’t require climbing. Decorating a low bush or shrub in the yard, or adding some pre-lit figures are both great options. Another popular lighting trend is to use spotlights. There are so many options to choose from- kaleidoscope effect, snowflake pattern, blinking, swirling……the list is endless! These lights are quick and easy to install, and create a magical effect.

In addition to the lights you plug in, there are the ones that are started not with electricity, but a match. Candles create a warm and cozy atmosphere. But if not used and monitored carefully, they are a huge fire hazard. Be sure never to leave a burning candle unattended. If you have pets, use tea lights or votives that cannot have a wider base so cannot be easily tipped over. Tapers can be a danger as the flame is often completely exposed. To be on the safe side, use flameless candles. They have come such a long way in recent years, and look almost like the real thing.

So go ahead and illuminate your house with beautiful holiday lighting, whether you’re selling it or have just moved in. ‘Tis the season, after all!