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Safe Decorating for the Holidays

Decorating your home is one of the best parts of the holiday season. With all the bright colors and fun knick-knacks, it’s easy to see why so many people get caught up with overloading their homes with decorations! 

But, what many don’t realize is that some decorations can increase fall risks, injuries, and more. That’s why before you and your loved ones start decorating, you’ll want to make sure to take proper precautions and know the ways to stay safe while still keeping your home festive.

4 Tips for Safe Decorating

1. Limit Use of Extension Cords

Extension cords are one of the most common fall hazards for people of all ages. That’s why you’ll want to avoid overloading your home with them when decorating.

With the extension cords you will use, try to keep their lengths as short as possible and place them in corners and in other places that you know you won’t have to walk through. The main goal here is to reduce the space they’re taking up so you and your loved ones can easily navigate through your home without worrying about tripping and falling!

2. Keep Decorations Out of Walkways

Putting decorations on the floor, in walkways, and even outside of your door can significantly increase fall risks. Instead of this, make sure to always keep decorations up and away from anywhere you or anyone else would walk. Keep them on tables, hung up on walls, etc.

3. Use LED Candles

Even though lighting open-flame candles can make your home feel extra cozy during the holidays, they are a huge fire hazard.

Instead of using these, consider investing in battery-operated LED candles to decorate with. LED candles come in a wide variety of styles and sizes, meaning that you can easily change up the look of your home during the holidays (and even reuse them after). Plus, you won’t have to worry about them melting away and having to buy new ones — the candles will continue to look beautiful for years to come!

4. Make Space to Reduce Clutter

Holiday decorations can make your home cluttered. So, if you plan on putting up a lot of decorations, you’ll want to make space in the rooms throughout your home beforehand. 

To do this, think about moving big pieces of furniture that are taking up space, like couches, tables, chairs, and more. This will allow you to create more open spaces that are easier for you to navigate and live in. You won’t have to worry about dodging and weaving, and you’ll feel more comfortable and safe with the extra space around you!

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