Here's a worthy goal for the holidays: avoiding setting the house on fire. Your kids will thank you, the fire department will thank you and so will your wallet. Well, actually it's quite unlikely that anyone will thank you for not starting a fire while you holiday decorate. To paraphrase Chris Rock, you're supposed to avoid fires you idiot!
Nevertheless, we all have our "doh!" moments, so it never hurts to heed a little holiday fire safety advice. Thankfully the Consumer Protection Safety Commission has created a Holiday Home Decorating Safety Guide. "Home decorating for the holidays is a wonderful tradition, and CPSC wants to ensure that this holiday season is a safe and happy one," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "To prevent a holiday tradition from becoming a holiday tragedy, keep lighted candles in sight, check trees for freshness, and don't use lights with broken sockets or frayed wire."
And now, on to the top ten list of safety tips for the holidays:
Heed this advice and have a safe and happy holiday.