SAFETY MOMENT: How to avoid Christmas decoration disasters this holiday season

Holiday decorating at the Black household has gone the way of beanie babies, the Back Street Boys and rollerblades since the kids have grown: a fond but distant memory. Oh, I’ll put up a tree for our festivities, but that’s about the extent of my efforts in ambiance.

These days, great Christmas memories are made with my family around the table and a prime rib roast in the center of it. For those of you who are still competing with the Griswolds, here are some decorating safety tips from the National Safety Council. Happy Holidays!

Ways to make sure your Christmas decorating is a success:

  1. “Angel hair,” made from spun glass, can irritate your eyes and skin; always wear gloves or substitute non-flammable cotton
  2. Spraying artificial snow can irritate your lungs if inhaled; follow directions carefully
  3. Decorate the tree with your kids in mind; move ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks toward the top
  4. Always use the proper step ladder; don’t stand on chairs or other furniture
  5. Lights are among the best parts of holiday decorating; make sure there are no exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets, and don’t overload your electrical circuits
  6. Plants can spruce up your holiday decorating, but keep those that may be poisonous (including some Poinsettias) out of reach of children or pets; the national Poison Control Center can be reached at (800) 222-1222
  7. Make sure paths are clear so no one trips on wrapping paper, decorations, toys, etc.; NSC provides tips for older adults on slip, trip and fall protection

Kyle Black is the district manager for Seneca Meadows. Safety is the company’s number one core value, and weekly safety talks with employees are just one way that the company helps foster a safety culture.