Holiday movies are a tradition for many families. One of the most popular families depicted in these movies is the Griswold family. We love to laugh at their mishaps and roll our eyes at their misadventures. Unfortunately, what is funny on the big — or small — screen is not always funny in real life. As exaggerated as the Griswolds’ situations may be, they have a grain of truth to them. If you want to have a safe and happy holiday season, avoid these mistakes.
- Extension Cords
Many people light up the outside of their homes for the holidays. If you count yourself among the masses, do yourself a favor: Use outdoor extension cords. Indoor cords are not meant to be used outside. They are not weather- or waterproof. Also keep in mind that extension cords are not meant to be used for hours on end. Turn off the lights when you go to bed.
Candles can make our homes smell wonderful, and the flickering lights can be relaxing. Do not forget to blow out candles when you go to bed or leave the house. If you do light candles, make sure they are in proper holders. A tipped over candle in the wrong spot can cause a whole room to go up in flames.
- Tree Lights
We have all heard the warning about the dangers of tree lights, yet many of us fail to heed them. There is no sense in leaving the Christmas tree lit when you aren’t awake or home to enjoy it. Unplug the lights unless you are having company or are awake and near the tree.
- Up On the Roof Top
Do not put decorative items on your roof if there is a coating of frost or ice on your shingles. This is incredibly dangerous. If you are going to put displays on your roof, do so when the sun is out and the roof is clear. Also make sure that someone is home or out in the yard keeping their eye on you.
We can all laugh at the Griswold family, but no one laughs when it happens to them. Keep your wits about you this holiday season and use a bit of common sense. Your health and safety could depend on it.
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