Source: Keep Your Home Safe this Winter
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
With that brings extra fire hazards and safety practices to keep your home safe this season.
To many, Christmas trees and lights bring fond memories of thier childhood, and an excitement that only this time of year can bring but did you know, nearly 47,000 fires occur each winter? According to the American Red Cross, one of every twenty-two home fires started by a Christmas tree results in death. Candles and lights are more likely to start fires during the holiday season than any other season. So, how can you ensure a fire-free Christmas?
1. Make sure your Christmas lights are in good condition: Stringed-lights with exposed wires can be extremely dangerous. It is important to examine your lights before stringing them on your tree or home each year, any that look suspicious should be thrown out.
2. Pay attention to wattage: Lights can easily cause out an overload on outlets, it is recommended not to go over 200 watts. When shopping, look for LED if possible, Led allows the use of more lights per watt than the average incandescent strings.
3. If using a real tree, practice the crunch test. If the needles break easily, your tree is not receiving enough water and will go up in flames much faster.
4. Always shut the lights off and extinguish candles before leaving the house or going to sleep.
5. Keep decorations at least three feet away from any heat sources such as fireplaces or vents.
The holidays should be a festive occasion not one filled with smoke and the devastation of a ruined home or even worse, the death of a loved one. Stay safe this winter and follow these steps! Learn more great winter safety practices here.
Have you considered buying a new home or possibly selling your current place? Winter can actually be a great time for both buying and selling! Contact Joyce Hill at 253-318-2792 or visit JoyceHill.com.
I really liked the tips in this article, and remember to keep it simple.
Happy Holidays, Joyce
The holidays can be a great time to sell with these simple staging techniques.
Now that the holiday season has officially arrived, there’s no need to consider taking your home off the market. In fact, housing inventory is typically low this time of year which means less competition and more serious buyers.
Adding just the right amount of seasonal cheer to your home décor could actually be the magic touch to attract buyers. The rule is keep it simple.
Here are some ways to create extra warmth that will enhance your space without detracting from your home’s key features.
It’s important to keep lighting décor modest and simple for just the right amount of warmth. For example, rather than hanging lights across every window and doorway, stringing bright white lights across the fireplace mantel or in lanterns and vases on an entryway side table can be very inviting.
2. Minimal Color
Accessories such as garlands, ribbons, candles, table runners, baskets, wreaths, poinsettia plants, should all stay as neutral as possible to coordinate with existing décor. Different shades of whites mixed with pops of color such as silver, gold, red or green will add a festive elegance to any room.
3. Simple Adornments
Combine natural elements such as evergreens mixed with pinecones for centerpieces that enhance a room and blend well with any wall color or decor style for just the right amount of festive ambiance. Fill a decorative bowl with gold, silver or white balls to add a bit of sparkle.
4. One Christmas Tree
A single, moderately sized tree in a kitchen or living room corner nook adorned with simple ornaments is all that is needed to demonstrate the holiday spirit. A tree that is too large will distract from the room’s features and make the room appear smaller or the ceilings seem lower.
DAVID MARINE DEC 10, 2014