Now that it's the holidays, your beautifully decorated Louisville home sets the scene for making more wonderful memories. Unfortunately, the lights and candles you use can lead to the tragic stories we read every holiday about some poor family who lost their home or maybe even a child due to a fire caused by a tipped over candle or defective lights. Fire departments around the country report that menorahs gone awry can set the house on fire too. No matter what holidays you celebrate, it's very important to take extra safety precautions to make sure your family remains safe.
The Perils Of Excessive Decorating
At the holidays, many people get into the "more is better" philosophy when decorating their home and use multiple sets of lights, electrically powered decorations, and candles displayed in special holiday holders. Even if you want to make your home look like something out of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation or The Great Christmas Lights Wars, make sure that your strands of lights are in good condition, without damage sockets or wires. Don't connect too many streams together, use worn-out extension cords, or hide cords under rugs. Make sure the lights for your outdoor displays are rated for outdoor use, and then install them on a ground fault interrupt or circuit.
Christmas Tree Cautions
While the lights on both artificial and real Christmas trees pose hazards, live trees pose a special set of risks. Especially this year when the trend has been to put up the tree as early as Thanksgiving (or before), you must make sure your true remains fresh throughout the holiday season. When buying a tree, make sure it looks fresh, and then when installing in your home, make a fresh cut in the base to assure it will properly soak up the water. Make sure to water your tree daily. If you have pets, make sure they are not either drinking the water or peeing in it. Even if...