Prevent A Holiday Nightmare: 8 Safe Holiday Decorating Tips

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“And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care.” Care being the key word.

To prevent your holiday from going up in flames, we highly recommend considering these 8 safe holiday decorating tips, so that your family can enjoy the season free from harm.


Not taking us seriously? Here are some stats from the National Fire Protection Association that may surprise you:

  • U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 840 decoration fires each year—not including 200 average fires cause by Christmas trees alone.
  • Altogether, these fires lead to an average of 8 deaths and 52 injuries per year.
  • Holiday fires lead to an average of $11.4 million in property damage.
  • Candles started more than 1/3 of home decoration fires.
  • Christmas Day is the second highest day for holiday-related cooking fires (coming second to Thanksgiving).


If this piqued your interest like it did ours, you’ll be interested in these tips and reminders below to ensure you keep your family and home safe this holiday season.

1. Keep the Christmas tree away from fireplaces and heaters

Enjoy picking out the annual Christmas tree each year? Just beware, Christmas trees (especially dry trees), are flammable. Be smart about tree placement and avoid fireplaces, heaters, and candles. Also be sure to water regularly; the drier the tree, the more flammable.

2. Place your glass ornaments and decorations out of kid’s reach

In order to prevent injuries and to keep your adored Christmas ornaments safe, hang these up higher and in a stable area, where little hands can’t get a hold.

3. Beware of poinsettias

Poinsettias are extremely toxic to pets—keep these out of reach by placing on tables or mantles (or opting for a fake alternative).

4. Set a lights timer

With timers, not only do you save on the electric bill, but you also don’t let your beautiful lights burn all night—potentially leading to a fire hazard.

5. Remove nearby flammable objects from candles

Candle displays can be gorgeous for the holiday season, but be sure to remove any nearby objects that could catch fire. For instance, if you’re lighting a Menorah, placing it near the drapes is not the best idea!

6. Consider using LED candles

Better yet, consider replacing candles with an LED version—recently, there have been a variety of LED candles that give off a surprisingly similar glow to a wax candle.

7. Be careful when using a ladder

This is a no-brainer, but always use precaution when using a ladder for Christmas lights and décor. Never stand on the very top of a ladder, ensure the ladders feet are stable and secure, and never carry a load that could make you lose your balance.

8. Don’t leave the stovetop and oven unattended

With the holiday season comes delicious cooking! However, this is the reason Christmas Day leads to an unfortunate number of fires each year. It’s easy to get distracted with the celebrations, but avoid leaving the stovetop or oven unattended.

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