12 Tips for a Holiday Home Safety

Holidays decorations involves numerous of lighting, candles and garlands that having young children around could be hazardous at some point.

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Below some tips to keep your home safety this Christmas:

  1. Merry and bright: Inspect light strings every year to discard any worn cords, broken lamps, and loose connections.
  1. Light out: Always turn off your light when you leave home or when you are going to bed, to be honest something that I don’t like to do since I love how my house looks this time of the year, but completely necessary to do it to avoid any circuit collapse.
  1. Fresh is the best: Keep your tree watered and away from the candles.
  1. Timing is everything: Is very convenient to have an outdoor certificated by CSA International to switch lights on and off.
  1. Check for the Certification Mark:When purchasing light strings, extension cords, spotlights, electrical decorations, gas appliances, or carbon monoxide alarms, look for the certification mark of an accredited certification organization such as CSA International, UL, or ELT to ensure that the products comply with applicable standards for safety and performance.
  1. One and Done:Never connect more than one extension cord together; instead use a single cord that is long enough to reach the outlet without stretching, but not so long that it can get easily tangled.
  1. The Great Outdoors:When hanging outdoor lights, keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from metal rain gutters. Use insulated tape or plastic clips instead of metal nails or tacks to hold them in place.
  1. Climbing Up:Using a ladder when you put up lights? Choose the correct ladder for the job and double check for a certification mark to ensure your portable ladder complies with applicable standards.
  1. Keep the Gas behind Glass:Do not use your gas fireplace if the glass panel is removed, cracked, or broken, and only allow a qualified service person to replace fireplace parts.
  1. Sound the Alarm:Test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they work, and be sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level of your home — especially near sleeping areas.
  1. Filter-Friendly Furnace:To help prevent CO hazards in your home, have a qualified heating contractor perform a yearly maintenance check of your furnace and venting system, and clean or replace your furnace filter frequently during the heating seasons.
  1. Clean the Clutter:Do not store combustible materials such as gasoline, propane, paper, chemicals, paint, rags, and cleaning products near your gas furnace. Gasoline or propane cylinders should be stored outside the home.

Have a safety and happy holidays’ season  ! From our family 💕



I hope you found this article 12 Tips for a Holiday Home Safety useful to prevent any dangerous incident in your home since is a wonderful time to enjoy with the family without any risk. Follow my blog for more informative and family oriented articles.

Source: CSA International

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Ginger House preparation tips

Ginger House preparation tips:

Gingerbread housed is part of Christmas decoration and is an activity to share and spend a relaxing and comfy time with family and friends and enhance the Christmas spirit in your home. This is the first year that I am going to make my own Ginger House and I want to share some tips for this project to be successful for you as well. Let see how it goes…you don’t have to be an artist there are some many ginger house making kit available at the stores.

 

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  • Try t have to have a pattern if you want to make your own and not to buy the kit, bake your dough and compare your pieces with the original pattern and cut the pieces with a knife, try to make it once the dough is fresh from the oven since is easier to obtain better results.
  • Try to add the decorations before you assembly the pieces, is easier to do it before the house is build.
  • Since candy is heavy, make sure the house is glue and dry, assembly the walls first and let them dry, also you can use some cans inside for support.
  • You can also bake the house parts the previous day and let it dry and have a decoration party the following day!
  • Build your house in a board that fits the area where you are planning to display it, also a foam board model can be build to attach another pieces around the house, like trees, snowman etc.
  • Also you can use another alternative, if you don’t have ginger pieces; you can use graham cookies instead
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I hope your project will be a success!gh