Christmas Decor Provides Holiday Lighting Tips

Leading Holiday and Event Decorating Company Educates Families about Safety

November 02, 2012 // Franchising.com // LUBBOCK, Texas – According to The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires are more prevalent during the winter season. Furthermore, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission states that during the two months surrounding the holiday season, more than 14,000 people are treated annually in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating.

Christmas Decor provides professional holiday and event decorating eliminating unnecessary accidents for local residents. Its designers are trained to execute lighting displays on high roofs, ladders, and in tricky situations. Christmas Decor installation crews are professionally trained and use the utmost of care when decorating client’s home, without damaging moldings, roofing, or architectural elements.

“As a premiere holiday lighting and decorating company, it is our goal to remind home owners about holiday decorating safety tips,” Brandon Stephens, President of Christmas Decor, said. “One little mistake can lead to major injury and even death, turning the holidays from a time of celebration into a time of tragedy. We want families to be able to fully enjoy their holiday season.”

Christmas Decor always recommends using a professional for holiday decorating because of injuries due to falling and electrocution but provides the following tips to improve safe practices for residents insistent on doing it themselves;

  • Use proper climbing equipment – 82 percent of consumers reported climbing on chairs, counters, shelves and other pieces of furniture when decorating for the holidays according to the Home Safety Council. Invest in a sturdy and reliable ladder that can adapt to different heights according to your needs.
  • Don’t overload electrical circuits – As mentioned above, fires are caused by disrupting electricity. The probability for a fire diminishes when the circuits aren’t overloaded and fuses or circuit breaker panels are checked to find out what the home can handle.
  • Don’t string too close to water – Water and electricity have never mixed. Remember to keep all plugs and connectors away from puddles and sprinklers.
  • Save the festivities for night – Alcohol consumption when climbing ladders can lead to injury and death. Also, decorate when the sun is up. Decorating at night is dangerous.
  • Indoor or Outdoor? – The Home Safety Councils stresses that you check the color-coded UL (Underwriters Laboratories) mark on the product’s package if you are unsure whether the light strings are for indoor or outdoor use. A green holographic UL mark indicates indoor use only while a red one indicates that the product is safe for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Stay grounded – Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) prevent electric shock. Plug outdoor electric lights and decorations into circuits protected by them the Electrical Safety Foundation International advises. Portable GFCIs provide flexibility in using receptacles that are not GFCI-protected, and are often used outdoors.

About Christmas Decor

Since its inception in 1986, Christmas Decor has risen to become the premier holiday lighting and decorating company in North America. The Texas-based company was founded by Blake Smith as an off-season supplement to his landscape business and as a method to provide year-round work for employees. Christmas Decor quickly emerged as a viable business opportunity and today, operates in more than 350 markets in 48 states and Canada. Christmas Decor is highly revered in its field and has received consistent recognition for its efforts, including its popular Decorated Family Program which has been featured on The TODAY Show, TIME.com, CNN and FOX, among others. Christmas Decor’s parent company, The Decor Group, also offers the Nite Time Decor franchise opportunity, a growing 30-unit concept specializing in architectural and landscape lighting services. For more information, visit www.christmasdecor.net.

Media Contact:

Stacy Rubenstein
Fishman Public Relations
(847) 945-1300
@fishmanpr.com

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