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    Holiday Decoration Safety Tips

    By Andrew Peterson
    December 19, 2012, 6:00:27 AM EST


    If you have bought a Christmas tree, the key is to keep it watered at all times. This should keep it green and fire resistant through Christmas. You should check it every day to make sure it still has water. Other things to keep in mind:
    - Keep the tree at least 3 feet away from heat sources like heat vents or radiators.
    -Definitely no open flames near the tree (i.e., no candles, incense, lighters or matches).
    - Check your Christmas light cords and make sure they are in good condition.
    - Make sure your lights are designed for indoor use and have the label of an independent testing agency like UL or FM Global.
    - Read the warnings that come with the Christmas lights as they typically limit how many strings of lights can be plugged together.
    - Don’t overload electrical outlets.
    - Unplug the lights before you go to bed or you might use an electric timer to automatically turn off the lights at a set hour in case you fall asleep without turning them out.
    - Get rid of the tree before it gets to dry–when the needles start to drop, it is time to go.

    Andrew Peterson is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 10 years of experience working in the environmental and occupational health field. In addition to writing, he is currently the Environment, Health and Safety Manager for a medium-sized company that has been voted one of Fortune Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of CRO Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens. He lives in California with his wife and adopted pound puppies.

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