KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips 101



Bookmark and Share

Deciding which Christmas tree you want can be a tough choice, but the most important choices you can make this holiday season are the safe ones.

Derek Heath is a lighting and holiday decorating expert at the Home Depot on Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls and he has a few safety tips that can come in handy for those who are in the decorating mood this year.

His first tip is on Christmas tree safety.

“It needs to be constantly watered to make sure there is water in it to prevent it from drying out. That's when holiday trees can become a real issue is when they dry out and needles become dry and they can become a fire hazard,” said Heath.

The easiest way to avoid a fire hazard or a big electric bill is to be smart about lighting. Heath says LED lights are the way to go to save money and how you hang them is important too.

“Unfortunately people put lights up with metal clips and sometimes they'll even staple them in place. That is not usually a good idea,” said Heath. He said plastic clips work best because they aren't flammable.

Another smart way to decorate safely is by using an extension cord rather than running the risk of overloading an outlet.

"You want to make sure to put the extension cords in places where people are not going to trip over it or fray it,” said Heath.

Heath's last tip is simple.

"If you're using an extension ladder it's usually very important to have a second person that can stabilize the ladder for you,” said Heath.

Be sure to follow these tips for a safe and happy holiday season.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

Project S.O.S. Gears Up for Free Distribution  story with video

 Kids will be back in school before we know it and school supplies will be ...

Sioux Falls City Hall Renovates Ground Floor

Citizens of Sioux Falls will experience a change in customer service when they visit ...

Accidents Used As Lessons In Driver's Ed  story with video

A teenage bicyclist in Sioux Falls is still recovering after being hit by a car ...

Insurers Owe $2,600 In Refunds In South Dakota  Jul. 24

Feds: Minn. Receives 173 Immigrant Children  Jul. 24

21 Unaccompanied Children Placed With SD Sponsors  Jul. 24

SD Museum, Collector Dispute Elvis' Broken Guitar  Jul. 24

Last Defendant Sentenced For Defrauding Programs  Jul. 24

Patterson Arraigned For Kidnapping, Assault  Jul. 24

A Second RAGBRAI Rider Has Died  Jul. 24

Canton Area Car Show Gives Back  story with video  Jul. 24

Air Algerie Plane Disappears From Radar  Jul. 24

14 Clear Lake Co-workers Claim $230,000 Jackpot  Jul. 24

Hearing Set For Iowan Held As Deaths Case Witness  Jul. 24

Bighorn Sheep Transplants Chosen Carefully  Jul. 24

How Do You Think The Events Center Looks?  story with video  Jul. 23

Ordinance To Ban Roaming Cats Fails In Brookings  Jul. 23

Another Car Versus Bike Crash In Sioux Falls  Jul. 23

Sioux Falls Updates Bicycle Safety Plan  story with video  Jul. 23

Hundreds of Cars To Appear At Canton Car Show  Jul. 23

Update: SF Police Find Missing Woman  Jul. 23

Man Ordered To Prison For Robbing Spearfish Store  Jul. 23

Minnesota Hires Top Medical Pot Official  Jul. 23

DNR Announces Plans For 'Conservative' Deer Season  Jul. 23

Great Plains Zoo Duck Dabbles In The Arts  Jul. 23

KDLT News Archive
     

Update: SF Police Find Missing Woman

Sioux Falls Police have found a missing person. Tori Jean Bruggeman ...

Another Car Versus Bike Crash In Sioux Falls

There has been another car versus bicycle crash in Sioux ...

Quarry In SF Will Operate For 15 More Years  story with video

If you've ever been to Sioux Falls, and driven near Madison ...

Sioux Falls Updates Bicycle Safety Plan  story with video  Jul. 23

Unauthorized Charges Linked To Fair Tickets  Jul. 23

South Dakota PUC Rules Against Wind Power Producer  Jul. 23

How Do You Think The Events Center Looks?  story with video  Jul. 23

Meade County Road Collapse Hampering Traffic  Jul. 23

KDLT News Archive
     

Chris Dixon is retiring from Indoor Football  story with video

Legendary Indoor Football QB Chris Dixon has decided to hang it up ...

Brookings Bandits getting closer to goals  story with video

The Brookings Bandits advanced to the State "A" Legion Baseball ...

Cowboys love the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo  story with video

Cowboys, cowgirls and fans of all ages gathered in ...

Brookings, SF West make State "A" Legion Tournament  Jul. 23

Birds drop 3rd straight at St. Paul  Jul. 23

Scheels Plays of the Week from July 14th-20th  story with video  Jul. 23

Donohue's 67 highlights final day at State Junior Golf  story with video  Jul. 22

Tuesday's Legion Region recap  story with video  Jul. 22

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top