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Hanging at home for the holiday? We’ve got you covered with Day Two of our Practical Survival Skills to ensure your comfort and safety at home. Today’s risk mitigation measures:

Don’t Overload Your Electrical Outlets

When plugging in your holiday lights and decorations, don’t ask yourself “how many plugs can I fit,” ask yourself, “how many plugs should I fit.” Once this number has been established, we strongly suggest decreasing it by 3. At least 3. A daisy chain of powerstrips and extension cords does not count as a holiday garland.

Keep Your Tree Watered

Dehydration is bad for you and a fire-hazard for your Christmas tree. Make sure you keep your tree fully watered and positioned at least three feet away from your fireplace, radiator, space heater, candles, or any open flame you might have in your home.

Turn Off Your Holiday Decorations at Night & When You Leave the House

Your holiday light display might rival Clark Griswold’s, but you still need to turn it off at night and when you leave the house. Yes, both inside and outside lights. Want to avoid having to go out into the cold to turn the outside lights on and off? Set everything on a timer and enjoy!

Whether your plans involve a travel adventure or a holiday hang at home, we’ve got you covered from start to finish. Visit to learn more about what LSDS can provide for you.


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