Christmas Decorating Safety

By: Taylor Vinson Email
By: Taylor Vinson Email

It's been several days since Thanksgiving and people are already digging out their Christmas decorations.
Hanging brightly-colored lights and setting out lawn ornaments can be a fun family event this time of year as long as proper safety precautions are in place.

"We decorate the Saturday after Thanksgiving every year," says Marcia Johnson.

Darren and Marcia Johnson of Bowling Green have made getting in the Christmas spirit a post-Thanksgiving tradition.

"That's usually when most people do it. Some people are doing it the day after Halloween, and that's too early," says Johnson.

But before you join the Johnson's and start decking your halls, there are a few safety tips you will want to keep in mind. Captain Dustin Rockrohr of the Bowling Green Fire Department says people should take precautions when hanging holiday lights.

"As you're hanging your lights, if you choose to use staples make sure that you don't staple through your cords. That can short out your electricity and cause a hazard," says Rockrohr.

Rockrohr's advice rings true even with the Johnson's as they tried to use staples one year to hold up their lights. Using staples made many of their Christmas lights go out.

"It was a mess the year we did staples," says Johnson.

According to Rockrohr, ladder safety is also important.

"It's always best to have someone helping you. Make sure the feet on your ladder are properly set, and you got the ladder at the proper angle, and that you've got a secure base," says Rockrohr.

Marcia Johnson believes all the tangled wires and cold temperatures are worth the finished product on Saturday night, as the family is treated to its own private light show.

"We all come outside together, and turn them on at the same time, and we all get to look at them, together," says Johnson.

Rockrohr also says that if you plan to have large light displays you need to use a ground fault and make sure you're not overloading your circuits.

He also adds that artificial Christmas trees pose much less of a fire hazard than real trees.

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