The Holidays Are Here! Are your Decorations Up?

With the holidays only a few days away, we thought we would check up on the status of your decorations! While many Americans may have their décor all ready, others are scrambling to put up the tree. While holiday decorations are beautiful and fun for all, they can also be extremely dangerous without the proper care or caution.

In order to avoid a decoration disaster, our Texas insurance agency has put together a few safety precautions.

#1: Check your holiday lights. Holidays lights are beautiful both indoors and out. However, it is important to make sure that all bulbs are working properly, not cracked and the wiring is not damaged. Be sure to also check the label for a UL or ETL label to make sure they are safe to use!

#2: Hang up the stockings. Decorating the fireplace and mantle is great around this time of year, but be careful with placement. Make sure stockings are not too low, or else a jumping ember could start a small fire.

#3: Put up the tree. </

strong>Whether real or fake, it is important that you keep your tree away from any heat sources to avoid a fire. Place your tree in a study stand to avoid a fall and pass on glass decorations if you have children!

#4: Put out the Menorah. If you are celebrating Hanukkah, it is time to light the Menorah! However, remember to put out the flames if you are not around or sleeping.

#5: Keep your pets safe. Avoid using tinsel on the tree. Tinsel is a choking hazard for animals, especially cats. It is also important to make sure you pass on the mistletoe and poinsettias because both are toxic to animals if ingested. Your pets should be able to enjoy the holidays, too!

If you have yet to decorate, get moving! You only have a few days left to enjoy these decorations! As long as you are careful and mindful of placement and these safety tips, you should not experience a holiday mishap.

However, if you are faced with a fire or any other damages to your home, our home insurance policy is sure to keep you safe.  You will have coverage from your personal possessions to the physical structure of your home. Be sure to speak with our Texas insurance agency if you are concerned with your policy.

Happy holidays!

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