In December, the darkest month, holiday lights and candles have always been hugely popular. These days we’re even more inclined to light the darkness, sometimes starting with Halloween lights and going well into the New Year.
Decorating our homes with light can bring great comfort. Just make sure to do it safely:
- Consider flameless battery-operated candles, which are becoming very widely available, give a realistic glow, and can last longer than flaming candles.
- If you use traditional candles, keep them at least 12 inches away from anything that might burn—that includes furniture, bedding, curtains and decorations. Put them out before everyone leaves the room.
- Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- Avoid overloading outlets. Flickering lights, tripped circuit breakers, and blown fuses are warning signs. Don’t ignore them – unplug!
Find more simple steps to holiday candle and light safety here.