Hazards of the Holidays

Here are a few tips to keep you safe…


  • Only buy electrical decorations that display the UL (Underwriter’s Laboratory) rating on the label that shows they have been tested for safe use.
  • Carefully inspect holiday lights that you have used in prior years to make certain that they do not have any cracks or exposed wires that could lead to problems.
  • Do not connect any more than three strands of lights together with one extension cord. This can lead to blowing a fuse, or causing a fire.
  • Plug outside lighting into an outlet that has a ground fault circuit (GFCI). This will help interrupt the flow of electricity should water be introduced into the circuit.
  • Do not use staples or nails to secure outside lights, and refrain from placing extension cords under carpeting, rugs and/or furniture.
  • When you are hanging outside lights, work as a team, using a proper ladder and someone supporting the base to avoid falling.
  • Always unplug or turn off any decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • If you set up a live Christmas tree, make a 1” or 2” diagonal cut from the trunk before placing the tree in water in a strong stand at least three feet away from any heat source, such as a fireplace or floor vent. This will help keep it hydrated and make it less of a fire hazard.
  • Only keep a live Christmas tree for two weeks, and check the water level every day, because a dry tree is a prime source of combustible substance that can turn a wonderful holiday into a nightmare.
  • If you set up an artificial tree, make sure it is labeled “fire resistant”. Fire resistant trees are less likely to cause fires.
  • Do not burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. Paper can combust very quickly and create a flash fire.
  • Candles are a lovely addition to any décor, but make sure that they are secure and have a steady base. Never leave a lit candle unattended.
  • Place any fragile ornaments or decorations out of the reach of pets or children.
  • Avoid any decorations that look like food or candy. These may be potential hazards for young children.
  • Poinsettias are lovely plants that are popular during the season, but they are POISONOUS when eaten! Keep them out of the reach of children and pets!


At Conrey Insurance Brokers, we know what it took to create the lovely home that you are now decorating with care, and we want to make sure that you are being mindful of what it takes to be safe as you prepare for the holidays. We understand what you have at stake and want to make certain that you are properly protected.


Happy Holidays!