How to Safely Store Christmas Decorations
Storing Christmas decorations requires some safety precautions in order to ensure the longevity of the lights and decorations. This can also preserve the decorations and prevent any potential fire dangers from occurring the following year.
Here are some tips to keep in mind while storing holiday decorations:
- Unplug electric decorations by gripping the plug directly. Never pull the cord to unplug a device. This can damage the wiring and insulation, which can lead to an electrical shock or fire.
- Take the time to inspect your light string for flaws. Throw out any sets that have loose connections, broken sockets, or frayed/bared wires. Do not store a faulty lighting set for next year's use.
- Pack lights appropriately to prevent the need to untangle a mass of lights next year. Consider purchasing a light storage reel or use whatever system works best for you.
- Store electrical decorations in a dry place where they cannot be damaged by water or dampness. Keep them away from children and pets to ensure that nothing is damaged while in storage.