Holiday decorating safety tips

Monthly safety tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

It’s that time of year again where indoor and outdoor holiday decorating becomes prevalent. It is especially important to remember to be safe when decorating your home or outdoors. Here are some tips to help keep your holidays festive and safe!

Christmas tree tips:

  • Most artificial trees are fire-resistant but always be sure to check tags or labels stating such.
  • Real trees can present fire hazardous. Be sure to keep your tree hydrated by cutting a couple inches from the trunk of the tree to ensure better water absorption.
  • Avoid placing near fireplaces or radiators. This can dry up trees faster increasing your fire hazard.

Light advice:

  • Always check lights for damaged/broken bulbs, frayed wires or loose connections. If any are present, dispose of the lights.
  • Use no more than three standard size light sets connected to an extension cord at a time.
  • Never use a metallic ladder when hanging electrical lights. Use a wood or fiberglass ladder.

Paper/trimming pointers:

  • Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials.
  • Do not burn wrapping paper in a fireplace. It may cause a flash fire since wrapping paper ignites suddenly and burns intensely.

Check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website for more holiday decoration safety tips —


Disclaimer: These tips have been provided as general information for increasing safety awareness and for informational purposes only. Black Hawk College does not accept any liability for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) that is provided. We make every effort to insure the integrity and validity of the data provided.  Always, check with your care provider before making any changes.