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American Home Furnishings Alliance, an American umbrella organization of furniture manufacturers and suppliers, has issued some useful tips on protecting the furniture and people during the holiday season.

Here are the tips.

  1. Take care with candles and fireplaces.
    Keep holiday candles away – at least a foot away – from flammable furniture, trees, festive greenery, fabrics, and clothing. Make the children aware of the danger of candles. Don’t leave pets unattended in rooms where candles are burning. Finally, extinguish all candles before leaving. For your information, furniture with an Upholstered Furniture Action Council (UFAC) tag can limit the risk of fire. 2. Do not overload electric system. Overloading your electrical system can lead to tragedy.  Too many extension cords and power strips result in electrical overloading.
  2. Ensure smoke detectors are working.
    Test the smoke detectors before the holiday season. Ensure that the batteries are charged.
  3. Use specialized furniture. 
    Experts suggest securing any furniture over 30 inches tall to the wall with a furniture tip restraint if young children will be present, and never place a television on furniture that was not designed to accommodate electronics.
  4. Secure area rugs.
    Loose area rugs, carpets with frayed or damaged edges and bulky or sliding mats can be dangerous for those unfamiliar with your home or guests with mobility issues. Inspect the floor coverings carefully.

Follow these steps to ensure a safe and peaceful holiday season.