Decorating the home for Christmas is a wonderful time for your family. For your aging parent, this is a great way to keep their spirits high, boost their mental and emotional health, and create a warming, welcoming environment for the holiday season. Decorating is a fun way to spend quality time together as well. You can get the generations together to create a beautiful holiday display, enjoy seasonal treats, watch movies, and have fun together. When you are decorating for the holidays, however, it is important to keep your senior’s safety in mind. Even indoor Christmas decorating can pose hazards to your senior, so it is important to take careful steps toward creating decorations that are safe and beautiful.
Use these tips to make sure your aging parent’s indoor Christmas decorating stays safe throughout the season:
- If your parent still has an old artificial tree, now may be the time to upgrade. Look for a new tree that is labeled “fire resistant”. Another benefit of these trees is that they are usually pre-lit, eliminating the tangled wires and overloaded outlets.
- If your parent is still using old lights, check them over carefully. Make sure the wires are in good condition and that the bulbs are intact. Consider replacing aged strands with new versions with better energy rating.
- Keep a real tree well-hydrated throughout the season. This not only makes cleanup easier at the end of the season, but also reduces fire hazard.
- Avoid letting any wires cross over areas where your parent or others will walk.
- Do not use real candles on or near a Christmas tree, even an artificial version.
- Avoid putting real candles near anything flammable. Consider replacing all candles with flameless versions.
- Keep any breakable decorations out of reach so they do not accidentally fall and shatter.
- Avoid plugging too many things into any outlet. Overloading can lead to a short, which can be a fire hazard.
- Make sure your parent is able to easily access the controls to turn the lights off each night. Look for lights that are operated by a simple floor pedal or remote.
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