In order to keep a home safe and secure, one needs to think beyond installing security systems to prevent threats from break-ins. Of course, this is a vital ingredient to a safe home, but decorations, especially those with an open flame or electrical circuit, can be just as dangerous. Decorating a home can be an exciting and rewarding experience. However, one must keep in mind any risks or hazards associated with the adornments. Especially during the winter season, candles are an extremely popular addition to any room. There are a few helpful tips to keep in mind in order to keep your home secure.

First, candles should be kept at a reasonable distance from any curtains or lamp shades. Often, the flame of a candle burns stronger than anticipated, and it could potentially burn any fabric dangling above it. Also, to avoid a candle from getting knocked over, it should be placed at the center of a surface, out of reach of any children or pets. Finally, if your candle requires a holder, make sure it is sturdy and stable.

Candle

Candle

 

A popular decoration during the holidays is a Christmas tree. Most people chose to incorporate twinkly lights into the decor of their Christmas tree. For the most part, this is a harmless task, but short circuiting is a very possible and serious risk. One way to avoid a short circuit is to use a circuit breaker and to avoid using excessive amounts of extension cords. The reason a short circuit can be dangerous is because a spark or explosion could occur, igniting the tree. Another important equipment issue to consider is the age and condition of your string of lights. Any cord that is damaged should not be used. Again, this is to avoid any unexpected sparks hitting the tree.

 

Artificial Christmas Tree

Artificial Christmas Tree

 

 

Be sure that, if a live tree is used, it is kept thoroughly moist by providing it was plenty of water throughout the day. When purchasing an artificial tree, check the label to make sure it says the object is fire retardant. Lastly, make sure the tree is not blocking any emergency exits, and always unplug the lights before leaving the house or going to sleep.

Living Christmas Tree

Living Christmas Tree

Whenever placing new decorations in your home, be sure to think carefully about the placement and condition of the ornament. Keep in mind that being conscious of these few security systems can help avoid large amounts of property damage and personal injury.