Holiday Safety Measures For Your Home

Though the holiday season represents happiness and channeling positive energy for the New Year, unfortunate events can happen without expecting they will. Did it ever occur to you that your favorite decorations such as twinkling lights and evergreen scented candles could become dangerous? Below are five important steps to ensure your decorations are a success and not a mess. For more information about the United States Fire Administration, please click here. 

  1. Always check each string of lights for broken glass, frayed wires or loose power plugs.
  2. It’s best practice to unplug your tree and other holiday lights before bed, going on vacation, or leaving your home.
  3. Never overload one outlet to accommodate multiple lights, extension cords or surge protectors.
  4. If your tree is real, always water your tree to avoid dry or dead branches, which easily catch fire.
  5. Always keep candles away from walls, items, and avoid candles under lampshades. Always blow out your candles before bed and leaving your home.

As expected, just like every other forms of electricity, holiday lights can be just as dangerous and can lead to significant structural damage to your home as well as physical harm. If damage to your home occurs any time of the year, it is always best to reach out to your insurance company immediately for next steps. Contacting your local Construction Industry attorney is also a smart recommendation to put you on the track to restoration.

John Caravella Esq., is a construction attorney and formerly practicing project architect at The Law Office of John Caravella, P.C., representing architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and owners in all phases of contract preparation, litigation, and arbitration across New York and Florida. He also serves as an arbitrator to the American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Panel. Mr. Caravella can be reached by email: or (631) 608-1346.

This is a general information article and should not be construed as legal advice or a legal opinion. The content above has been edited for conciseness and additional relevant points are omitted for space constraints. Readers are encouraged to seek counsel from a construction lawyer for advice on a particular circumstance.