Deck the Halls – Holiday Decorating Safety – 12 Days / Day 3
It’s that magical time of year where many of us go to great length to transform our homes and offices into winter wonderlands. Trees, lights, signs, maybe even a 12 ft. inflatable Santa Claus on the lawn. The tasks associated with creating holiday cheer are not without risks. Ladders, electric circuits, saws, hammers, staple guns are just some of the tools of the trade. Many folks tackle decorating tasks with great enthusiasm but sometimes little regard for safety.
Some things to consider when decorating for the holidays… don’t get in over your head, take your time to plan and use the right safety gear. Many folks fall in to the trap of having a grand vision of creating a holiday display. This often requires a novice to use power tools, ladders & electrical components they may not have the skills for. Plan your displays to fit your skill sets. If you are committed to having the best holiday lights on the block, consider hiring a professional service.
Large decorating projects are physically taxing chores. Your health and fitness is a big factor in being able to safely perform the tasks. If you are on medication or have a physical condition that may cause dizziness or drowsiness, you may want to rethink the idea of 3 hours balancing on 12 foot ladders to string up Christmas lights. Without some care and consideration, you may be enjoying the holiday décor at the nurse’s station in the local hospital while you recover from your injuries.
Like so many things relating to safety and preparedness, a good dose of common sense and critical thinking is the key. We here at 2 Bee Ready, love a well done holiday display, but we also think that the holidays are much more enjoyable if you stay out of a full body cast. Think safety in all your seasons plans and always pledge 2 Bee Ready!
Chuck Wilson – Founding Contributor 2BeeReady.org