Decorating With Christmas Past ($100 Best Buy Giveaway)

December 17, 2009 by  
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My Mom recently decorated her Christmas tree and I noticed that she has so many cool decorations from Christmas pasts. Looking at them brings back such wonderful memories and I hope to do the same for my children when they’re grown. That’s why I plan to save all our ornaments for them to share with their future families.

However, there are some things to consider when using older decorations to make sure that you’re being safe.

  • Check your lights, check them twice – Inspect all of your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard.
  • Know your lights and cords – Do not connect more than three miniature light strings together. Also, be sure to check the rating on your extension cords and do not plug in more than the recommended wattage.
  • Decorate with a safe eye – Cords should not be run under carpets or tacked-up with metal nails or staples. Small decorations can be choking hazards so keep them out of the reach of toddlers.
  • Terminate the tinsel – Tinsel can be a choking hazard to small children and animals, especially cats who love the shine. Older tinsel made prior to 1972 can also contain lead. Best to be safe and keep it away.
  • Use candles with care – Keep candles away from items that easily catch fire, such as decorations, window treatments and paper. Also, be sure candles are kept far from children’s reach and are extinguished any time you leave the room.

So make sure you’re being safe this holiday season!

Information courtesy of Underwriters Laboratories


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  • Just mention in comments before midnight, Dec 24th how you stay safe when decorating for the holidays. That’s it
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Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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1,231 Responses to “Decorating With Christmas Past ($100 Best Buy Giveaway)”
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    Charity S. says:

    We won’t use a real tree, and unplug the lights at night.

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    Marcy Strahan says:

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    Marie Noguerole says:

    We only have lights on during the evening hours, keep them on a surge protecter and turn them off if we should leave the house. We also make sure we check them each year for any frays…those go in the circular file. We also take exta precautions with candles…always making sure they are on holders that will catch any and all drippings and never, ever put them near anything flamable.

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    R Hicks says:

    We stay safe buy double checking cords for cracks or breaks and making sure to vermin have chewed thru the cables during storage

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    Betty says:

    We had several light sets and powered ornaments from past years and the recommendation is to go LED lights. We backed off all power ornaments and light sets when decorating the tree. The tree looks great and we have eliminated all the questionable plugins.

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    LivingtheLOA says:

    We do all work in pairs so if anything goes wrong we have someone who can provide first aid or get help.

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    LivingtheLOA says:

    I follow @kailani: LivingtheLOA

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    Jennifer Jozwiak says:

    i keep the little one away from anything bad she can put in her mouth.

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    Susan D says:

    We make sure that the wires for any holiday items requiring added wires are either out of the walkways or safely secured so that no one will trip over them

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    Mildred says:

    Make sure that, if we put up outside holiday lighting, the lights are safe for outdoor use and the wires are all in good condition

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    Lily Kwan says:

    I stay safe when decorating for the holidays by making sure my electric lights and decorations are in proper working order.

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    I subscribed to your feed.

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    I sent a friend request to you on Facebook.

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    Never leave my Christmas lights on when I’m not home.
    .-= Jan @ Struck by Serendipity´s last blog ..The View Outside My Window =-.


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