While kids and pets are playful creatures that go along with each other, some of them may not live harmoniously with Christmas trees. If you don’t want to spend days decorating a tree but ending up in a total mess, discover these simple tips to protect your Christmas tree and have a peaceful holiday.
Anchor the tree
The very first thing you should do with your Christmas tree, no matter whether you have kids and pets or not, is to anchor it. The tree is likely to be tipped over if toddlers lean into the tree or pets climb into it. This may damage the tree, ornaments, and light, and even cause injury.
You can secure your tree easily with some fishing lines which are hard to see. Just stand the tree, wrap the fishing line around the trunk, then secure each end with hooks that are placed on the wall or window sill. Another way to anchor your tree is using some bricks: wrap them as presents and put them around the bottom of the trunk.
Also, to keep your Christmas tree stand still, you’ll want to choose a safe location for your tree. It can be anywhere in your house that is away from items that pets can climb onto such as shelves, couches, and window sills.
Cover the electrical outlet
If there’re children and pets in the house, you must pay attention to safety issues when using plugged-in lights you use to decorate your Christmas tree rental.
The solution is to use a weatherproof outlet to cover the electrical outlet where you plug in the light. You can also use a hollow box to hide the entire outlet so your toddlers won’t accidentally touch it. Your pets definitely won’t be able to open these boxes.
Create a Christmas tree barrier
Creating a barrier is also a great way to keep your Christmas tree apart from pets and toddlers. You can buy some small, decorative fence panels and place them around the tree. This may even level up your holiday decoration. You can also make use of a baby gate and wrap it with some Christmasy-colored bands or light it up for warm and cozy vibes.
Prefer safe decoration
Be aware that some kinds of ornaments and breakable decorations can be dangerous for toddlers. Decorations with long strings can even tangle up and make kids trip over.
If you have young children and pets in the house, choose the decorating items appropriately. You may want to rent a Christmas tree that is pre-lit so toddlers can’t pull off the strings. Consider putting garland and tinsel up high, out of your toddler’s reach.
On the bottom of the tree trunk, use shatterproof ornaments and items that are made of yarn, wood, or plastic. These items will bring a festive atmosphere to the tree while still keeping both the tree and children safe.
Use a toddler tree to distract
Another way you can protect your Christmas tree is to offer your toddler one tiny tree. It will distract him from your tree as they have something to decorate and play with rather than trying to reach your tree. Remember to use trees made from materials that are safe for children.
No matter whether you buy or rent a tree for Christmas, you need the aforementioned tips to protect your Christmas tree from your children and pets. There will be no more trouble, no more crying toddlers asking for ornaments, and no more trees knocking down. Ready to enjoy your holiday to the fullest?
Also, check out Christmas Tree Rental: Choose The Right Tree For Your Need if you haven’t found a stunning Christmas tree for your house.