Glass tree ornaments, dodgy lawn displays and old strings of electrics lights – these are just a few of the potential pitfalls that lie in wait to ruin your cherished pastime of family holiday decorating; one of the few times of the year when the kids put their phones away without being told.The holidays can truly be a magical time for any family, but unsafe decorating can really spoil the fun, as anyone who has seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
can tell you.Jokes aside, lots of people are injured every year tripping over decorations, falling off of ladders and electrocuting themselves. But, if you follow these suggestions, you can at least make decorating your living room
a little safer for the kids.Safe Decorating Tips
1. Keep fragile sculptures, figurines and ceramic decorations up off the floor, and perhaps even off of low-rising tables and other surfaces. It’s not just a matter of breakage; too-small items may be accidentally swallowed – or even intentionally swallowed.2. Decorate with fabrics! One of the easiest ways to transform a living room for the holidays is to use themed throws and rugs, stockings, bows, doilies and tapestries. Also, you can adorn surfaces with cotton balls to create a blanket of snow for dioramas that (safely) captures kids’ imaginations.3. Focus on decorating with plant life and greenery, although you may want to go easy on the live poinsettias). The tree
is a holiday decorating staple, and once it’s complete you can branch off (hee hee) and fill in the nooks and crannies in your living room with festive, wreaths
and even potted plants. Whether real or artificial, these additions add a warm and natural feel that’s durable and safe.4. Move back the living room furniture and leave plenty of space for toys on the big day. Have a recycling bin or box nearby to store paper, ribbons
and other wrapping so it doesn’t get caught underfoot or hide little presents that can get broken or cause an injury. It sounds silly, but if you’ve ever stepped on a LEGO on your way to the bathroom in the middle of the night, you know the threat is real.Remember to play it safe and they’ll be more time for presents, eats and treats during your holiday season.