Prevent Stress by Following These Holiday Safety Tips - Quicken Loans Zing BlogIt doesn’t seem possible. Not too long ago (or so I thought), I was golfing in 80-degree weather or enjoying a cold beverage at Comerica Park. It suddenly just hit me, albeit a few days late, that it’s already December, and the holidays are just around the corner. How could this be? As you prepare to decorate your home, travel to see family and do your holiday shopping, certain safety precautions should be taken.

Below, I’ve divided my holiday home-safety tips into different sections. Take a look at my tips and feel free to add some of your own in the comments when you’re finished reading.

Christmas Trees

  • There seems to be a debate every year between purchasing a real or artificial tree. If you go the artificial route, be on the lookout for trees that are fire resistant. If you go with a real tree, make sure it’s fresh and healthy. If the needles are falling off all over the place, the tree could be at a greater risk for catching fire. A dry tree will catch fire easier than a watered one.
  • Keep the tree away from the fireplace, not only to allow Santa easier access, but also so it doesn’t get too hot. Also keep trees a safe distance from radiators or portable heaters.
  • In the event that something happens with the tree, don’t place it in the way of any doors.

Lights

  • Even though it seems like a hassle, double-check that every single light works before hanging them on the tree. Be on the lookout for frayed wires or broken sockets.
  • If you’re decorating the outside of your home, only use lights intended for outdoor use.
  • Lights should only be on when you’re home. A short could cause a fire.

Decorations

  • Candles may smell good, but they don’t mesh well with, or around, trees. To avoid any issues, use non-flammable holders and don’t place them where they’re likely to be knocked over.
  • Children have a tendency to get into things, and Christmas decorations are no exception. Stay away from using breakable decorations or, at the very least, keep them out of reach.

Traveling

  • Depending on your location, you may have to deal with snow and hazardous road conditions. Whether you’ve got to make a stop at the mall or you’re visiting family, do yourself a favor and leave yourself some spare time. It recently took me more than two hours to drive to the airport – a trip that typically takes no more than a half hour. If the roads are bad, you can never leave yourself enough time.
  • If you’ve got family or friends coming to visit you, do everyone a favor and salt your driveway if it’s slick. The last thing you want is to wind up driving someone to the emergency room because they slipped on your property.
  • If you’re flying or making arrangements to pick someone up from the airport, stay up to date on travel conditions. Call the airport ahead of time, or track the progress of the flight online. You’ll save yourself a lot of hassle.

The holiday season can be a stressful one, so follow the above tips to minimize your stress. Also, if you’ve got any additional tips, be sure to add them in the comments below!

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