Three Easy Tips For Safe Holiday Decorating

7:56 AM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC - Holiday lights and Christmas trees are going up across the Triad, but before you channel your inner Clark Griswold, there are safety tips you need to remember.

Robert Hedrick with Greensboro's Home Depot on South Elm Eugene Street spoke with News 2 on Thursday's Good Morning Show, and he said there are three key things people need to remember when decorating their homes this holiday season.

1) Do Not String Together Endless Strands Of Christmas Lights

Hedrick told News 2, "Don't string together anymore than three strands of incandescent lights because it can be a fire hazard." Hedrick went on to say, "if you want to do more than three, use LED's."

2) Do Not Put A Christmas Tree Up Too Early.

Hedrick says "keep your tree watered, check it daily, a tree with plenty of moisture is not a fire hazard."  To avoid this, don't put up your tree before Thanksgiving as a general rule so that by Christmas week, it isn't completely dried out. 

3) Remember Small Children and Watch The Gifts You Buy

During the holidays, there are a lot of extra items around the house, including small ornaments and other objects. Hedrick says, "small ornaments can be a choking hazard and make sure the toys you buy the children are age appropriate."



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