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Decorating your office or retail space is a great way to bring a more festive atmosphere for both employees and guests.  That said, just as in your house, you have to take care with the decorations to ensure you are not creating a hazardous environment as well.

Decorations

2012 saw ~15,000 ER visits involving decorations

Keep potentially dangerous ornaments higher up on the tree, out of reach from potential minor guests.

Always use a proper step ladder, not chairs or other furniture when trimming the tree.

Make sure your lights have no exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.

Use ‘UL’ labeled lights

 Trees

More than 47,000 fires occur during the holiday season claiming 50+ lives, 2,000+ injuries, and $554M in damages

Ensure trees do not block hallways or exit ways  in case of emergency.

Don’t place your tree near heat sources that can dry out your tree or ingite it.

If using an artificial tree make sure it is labeled as “Fire Resistant”.

Fire Safety

Tips for integrating candles into the decorations

Flameless candles are a great and safe alternative.  

Keep candles at least 12 inches away from decorations and anything that can burn.

Don’t burn a candle all the way down, put it out before it gets to the candle holder.

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