As the Christmas and New Year's holidays near and many residents and businesses decorate their windows in traditional holiday fare, we pause to point out some safety-conscious tips:
*Never put nails or screws in a vinyl window frame to hold up decorative lights or holiday wreaths. Also, do not glue, staple or tape lights to a window frame.
*Do not place lit candles on a window sill, nor the edge or sash.
*Never decorate windows with anything that could impede opening your windows quickly, in case you need to use the window as an escape route during an emergency.
*Do not place real pine branches or cones on the window frames or sill. Fresh pine sap can leave nasty stains after the holiday season is over.
*Although tempting, do not spray "fake snow" from aerosol cans on your windows. The "snow" residue can be hard to remove after the holidays and can hamper the operation of your window if it sticks into the sash or hardware.
*Affix suction cups on the window glass to hang glass ornaments, plastic snowflakes, wreaths, or glass icicles so that light can come through the windows to enhance the decorations.
*Swags of garland or evergreen wreaths outside the home may be put up best by affixing to the siding of the house and not to windows themselves.
*Bay and bow windows are the ideal location to position a Christmas tree for maximum viewing.
*Make your curtain rods work during the holidays. Remove the curtains and hang ornaments from the existing rods on different lengths of fishing line or colorful curling ribbon.
*No curtain rods? Just add some inexpensive tension curtain rods to the top or middle section of your windows. Hang decorations from the rods with fishing line or garland. Decorate the rods themselves with holiday ribbon or fabric.
*Encourage children to help decorate the windows with static cling holiday window stickers. The peel-and-stick temporary decorations are ideal for putting your home in the holiday spirit.
What colorful ways to view the holidays!