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Sharing Holiday Decorating: 10 Steps to Stay Safe
and Red Cross Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress
Volunteer Michelle Adams


Holiday Decorating: 10 Steps to Stay Safe as You Deck the Halls

The holidays are drawing near and many of you are decorating your homes for the upcoming festivities.
The American Red Cross has some safety steps you should follow to stay safe as you put up the lights
and ornaments for this holiday season.

1. Check all your light cords to make sure they aren’t frayed or broken. Don’t string too many strands of
lights together – no more than three per extension cord.

2. If you are buying an artificial tree, look for the fire-resistant label. When putting it up, stay away
from fireplaces, radiators and other sources of heat.

3. If you are getting a live tree, make sure it’s fresh and water it to keep it fresh. Bend the needles up
and down to make sure no needles fall off.

4. If you have older decorations, check their labels. Some older tinsel is lead-based. If using angel hair,
wear gloves to avoid irritation. Avoid breathing in artificial snow.

5. When decorating outside, make sure decorations are for outdoor use and fasten lights securely to your home
or trees. If you use hooks or nails outside, make sure they are insulated to avoid an electrocution or fire

6. If you have to use a ladder, be extra careful. Make sure you have good, stable placement and your shoes allow
for good traction.

7. Don’t use electric lights on metallic trees.

8. Don’t forget to turn off all your holiday lights when you go to bed or leave the house.

9. Keep children, pets and decorations away from candles.

10. If hanging stockings on the fireplace mantel, don’t light the fireplace.

During the holiday season, an average of 40 home fires per day are caused by children playing. And candle fires are
four times as likely to occur. That’s why these safety tips are so important to remember as you string up lights and
gather with family and friends.


5 Red Cross Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

It’s the holiday season! And along with the festivity and fun arrives the much anticipated holiday stress with travel
to plan, gifts to buy and cooking to commence.

Amid the hustle and bustle, the American Red Cross has tips to help families and individuals cope with the heightened
anxiety of the season.

How to Reduce Holiday Stress

1. Remember to eat healthy. Try to keep a balanced diet and drink lots of water.

2. Get plenty of rest. With so much to do, it may be difficult to have enough time to rest or get adequate sleep. Giving
your body and mind a break can boost your ability to cope with the stress you may be experiencing.

3. Set priorities. Tackle that to-do list in small steps.

4. Be patient with yourself and those around you.

5.Stay connected with family and friends. Everyone is in it together, so ask for help if you need it and help them if you can.

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