Safety Reminders for Your Holiday Decorating

We at the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines have been reflecting on our blessings and are so grateful and appreciative to our local community for allowing us to serve you and yours over the past year.  As a token of our gratitude, we have devised the following “12 Days of Christmas” list as a reminder to keep safety a priority this holiday season.

“On the first day of Christmas, the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines said to me…”

Be selective when purchasing a live tree.  Sidestep ones with brittle needles and dried out trunks, as those two ingredients can increase the chances of a fire hazard.

“On the second day of Christmas, the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines said to me…”

Perform research if you are considering buying a pre-lit artificial tree.  These products have a history of being recalled and may pose an electrical shock if not thoughtfully displayed.

“On the third day of Christmas, the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines said to me…”

Do not position a Christmas tree next to a heating source such as a fireplace, heating duct or space heater.  Simply put, they can’t take the heat so keep them out of the kitchen as well.

“On the fourth day of Christmas, the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines said to me…”

Read all packaging instructions prior to hanging tree lights to determine what is considered the proper amount of strands that are safe to connect.

“On the fifth day of Christmas, the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines said to me…”

When hanging ornaments, remember to place breakable and smaller ones higher on the tree to keep children and pets safe from harm.

“On the sixth day of Christmas, the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines said to me…”

Look for the UL (Underwriters Lab) label when selecting lights.  This red tag indicates that the lights have been independently tested and have cleared all safety requirements for both indoor and outdoor use.  The green UL tag means the lights are for indoor use only.

“On the seventh day of Christmas, the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines said to me…”

Check your ladder prior to use to ensure it can hold your weight plus that of the objects you plan to use to create your holiday masterpiece.

“On the eighth day of Christmas, the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines said to me…”

Be sure your outdoor power source is a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet.  This type of outlet is designed to shut down power in case of a surge.

“On the ninth day of Christmas, the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines said to me…”

Beware of overloading circuits.  A clear indication that you may be overexerting your power source are too many extension cords and an abundance of power strips.  Review and follow all label instructions to avoid a potential fire hazard.

“On the tenth day of Christmas, the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines said to me…”

Use caution when displaying outdoor inflatable decorations.  Make sure they are grounded securely and away from sidewalks or where children play to avoid a tripping hazard.

“On the eleventh day of Christmas, the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines said to me…”

Never burn a real tree as a means of disposal.  Trees typically burn faster than expected.   Check with your local community sites for municipality disposal which may include curbside pickup.

“On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines said to me…”

After the holiday festivities, be sure to triple check your floor for debris.  Metal hooks and unseen broken ornament pieces can cause a painful gash for tiny feet and paws. 

From all of us at the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines to all of our family, friends and neighbors, we wish you a very merry holiday and a safe and secure new year!

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