Information on how to avoid disaster this Christmas Season

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes
The holidays will be here before you know it, which means now’s the time to get your decorations in place. When you’re in a hurry to check off tasks on your holiday to-do list, it’s easy to cut corners, but don’t disregard your own safety to put on a Yuletide spectacle. Here’s how to avoid a disaster this Christmas.
1. Don’t string yourself out with the lights.
Nearly 6,000 people are injured during the holiday season each year due to falling off of a ladder. To keep you and your home protected, remember to:
  • Enlist the help of at least one other person
  • Choose a ladder of the appropriate height
  • Secure and stabilize your ladder
  • Work during the day and in calm weather
  • Check your light strands for faulty bulbs and exposed wires
  • Utilize a timing system for your displays
2. Make sure your tree won’t come crashing down.
Whether you have an artificial tree or one straight from the forest, it’s important to keep it from tipping over onto someone. Find a tree that will fit your home and won’t need many alterations. Trimming branches and cutting down the trunk can make a tree less stable and more likely to fall. When you purchase your tree, also buy a stand suited for it and follow the stand’s directions during assembly.
3. Keep on top of fire safety practices.
Before you start roasting chestnuts on an open fire or accenting your dinner with candles, brush up on your fire safety. Clean out your fireplace and check that its components are working prior to striking a match. With candles, place them where children and pets can’t reach and topple them over. Keep the flames clear of any low-hanging decorations and especially watch your sleeves as you reach for another serving of Christmas pie. The best thing you can do is to have a fire extinguisher close by or stored in an easily accessible spot. 

Comments (15)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Will,

Excellent tips on how to avoid disaster during our Christmas Season!!

Dec 07, 2022 07:52 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Important message Will during this Holiday Season.  All these tips can make it safer Christmas and beyond!

Dec 07, 2022 08:03 AM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Gracious 6000 is a whole lot of people.  I don't do ladders or heights and my husband has past that on to our sons.  Great blog, thanks for sharing!  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Dec 07, 2022 08:22 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Lights are up and shining bright.  Unfortunately I have held back on some of the blowup and other outside decorations due to these heavier than recent past storms.  Still looks nice though.  mdm

Dec 07, 2022 08:33 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely advice to share.

Take care and enjoy the holiday season.

Dec 07, 2022 08:41 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Good tips on safety during the holidays, Will! My husband fell off a ladder and he is banned from climbing another without ensuring the area is flat and stable plus a spotter needs to be present now.

Dec 07, 2022 09:04 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Thank You Dorie for stopping by today and catching this.


Dec 07, 2022 09:30 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Wanda,  My wife sold the ladder I fell off of, now I have to hirer people.


Dec 07, 2022 09:31 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sheila and Larry and thank you for stopping by!

Dec 07, 2022 09:31 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Thanks Norma, My wife sold the ladder I dell off of and now I have to hire someone all the time


Dec 07, 2022 09:32 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Mark, I hear you about the storms and the blow ups.


Dec 07, 2022 09:34 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy Kelley and thank you for stopping by in your busy day!


Dec 07, 2022 09:35 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Will- the holidays are fun but make sure to practice your safety tips. 

Dec 07, 2022 07:41 PM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

It pays to be safe and avoid danger. Thanks for sharing the safety tips. I hope you have a great afternoon.

Dec 08, 2022 08:58 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Our first tree was wobbly so my husband propped it up on one side with a volume of the encyclopedia - when it leaned the other way - another volume - pretty soon it was perched on an entire set of the encyclopedia Britannica - we were Young and in love - so i didnt say anything - we decorated the tree, held our breath, and watched it immediately topple over.  Oh well - now we go with an artificial tree! 

Dec 10, 2022 07:40 AM