safedecorUS (11/28/2013) - Everyone has at least one -- the house on the street that lights up in splendor around the holiday season. Decorations are in abundance both indoors and out, and just seeing the house brings on a smile. But as beautiful as it might be, that home may also be a safety risk if the decorator hasn't followed precautions like these offered by CSA Group:

Creativity is key but not at the cost of safety -- Let your inner designer shine, but be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when arranging electrical items, such as lights and electronic decorations. Be sure to turn off the electricity to the supply outlet before working with outdoor wiring, and never run an electrical cord through a doorway or under a carpet indoors.

Fakes are no laughing matter -- Your next door neighbor dressed up as Santa is funny. Counterfeit decorations are not so funny. Look for the mark from an accredited certification organization, such as CSA Group, on animated displays, light strings and extension cords. Ensure decorations are marked and certified for outdoor use and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Keep the mood light but not fiery -- Choose flame-resistant decorations and don't place open flames or candles near flammable materials, such as wreathes, trees or paper decorations. Never nail or tack lighting strings to a wall, as this may damage insulation and create a shock or fire hazard. Use insulated fasteners rather than metal nails or tacks that could damage wiring to hold light strings in place.

Cozy up -- Keep warm by the fireplace but be sure your gas appliances are in good working order. If the pilot light or flame goes out, turn the gas off and wait five minutes or longer (see the manufacturer's instructions) before attempting to relight. Be alert for unusual odors or flames when your gas fireplace is on, often indicating that the fireplace is not operating properly. In such cases, contact your dealer or licensed technician for servicing.

Overload on food, not watts -- Don't overload extension cords. Use heavy duty extension cords for high wattage decorations and large electronically-animated displays.

For extreme decorators, make sure your house is capable of handling the electrical load of multiple lights and decor. If in doubt, contact a licensed professional to inspect your electrical system.

SurfKY News

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

August 31, 2015 6637

Man Convicted of Hopkins Countian's Death Granted…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 4961

All is Well after MNHHS Lockdown

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 4708

Madisonville Gaining Two New Businesses

by Ron Sanders
August 30, 2015 3897

UPDATED: 'He Fought the Law ... but, the Law Won'

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
August 27, 2015 2913

Kentucky Career Center Blood Drive Aug. 31

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

August 06, 2015 18987

Muhlenberg Woman Reportedly Suffers Violent…

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 11980

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

September 02, 2015 4708

Madisonville Gaining Two New Businesses

by Ron Sanders
September 02, 2015 2282

Investigation Leads to Meth Trafficking Charge

by SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 1706

UPDATE: Missing Teen Located

by SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 1695

Woman Allegedly Passed Out at Wheel Charged with…

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 1644

Small Business Tax Credit Workshop

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 1499

Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Charge for Driver

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 1429

Central City Gospelfest Planned for September 2

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 1282

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 1255

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
September 01, 2015 1167

Governor Lauds Launch of Kentucky's New I-Way

by SurfKY News