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Crystal Lake company stresses safety for decor chores

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Christmas Decor by Arvidson & Sons employee Vladimir Buenfil of McHenry installs holiday lights and wreaths at Niko’s Lodge in Algonquin Tuesday.
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Christmas Decor by Arvidson & Sons employee, Hector Alonso hangs up holiday lights on a tree at Niko's Lodge in Algonquin.
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Christmas Decor by Arvidson & Sons employees hang holiday lights and wreaths at Niko's Lodge in Algonquin.

CRYSTAL LAKE – According to the Home Safety Council, four out of five U.S. households plan to use ladders around their homes to prepare for the holiday season. Annually, during the two months surrounding the holiday season, more than 14,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating.

Christmas Decor by Arvidson & Sons Inc. provides the Crystal Lake area with professional holiday and event decorating, eliminating unnecessary accidents for local residents. Its designers are trained to execute lighting displays on high roofs, ladders, and in tricky situations. Christmas Decor installation crews are professionally trained to use care when decorating a client’s home, without damaging moldings, roofing, or architectural elements.

“Homeowners are simply not following proper safety practices,” said Dennis Marunde of Christmas Decor by Arvidson & Sons Inc.. “These unsafe practices can lead to major injury and even death, turning the holidays from a time of celebration into a time of tragedy.”

While Marunde recommends homeowners and businesses use a professional for holiday decorating to prevent injuries, he offers these safety tips for homeowners who insist on doing their own decoration installations:

• Use proper climbing equipment. Eighty-two percent of consumers reported climbing on chairs, counters, shelves and other pieces of furniture when decorating for the holidays. Invest in a sturdy and reliable ladder that can adapt to different heights according to your needs.

• Practice safe techniques. Secure ladders on even ground, don’t stand on the top two steps of a ladder, and don’t reach further than you should when decorating around windows.

• Aluminum and electricity don’t mix. Thirty-two percent of consumers admit to stringing lights while they are plugged in. If your ladder is aluminum it will conduct electricity and an error can cause electrocution.

• Alcohol consumption when climbing ladders can lead to injury and death. Also, decorate outside during daylight hours.

“Hopefully homeowners will leave it to the pros,” added Marunde. “If not, we recommend these tips to help keep area residents safe and healthy for the holiday season.”

To learn more about Christmas Decor by Arvidson & Sons Inc. in Crystal Lake, call 815-459-0660 or email DennisM@arvidsons.com.

About Christmas Decor:

Since its inception in 1986, Christmas Decor has risen to become the premier holiday lighting and decorating company in North America. The Texas-based company was founded by Blake Smith as an off-season supplement to his landscape business and as a method to provide year-round work for employees.

Christmas Decor emerged as a viable business opportunity and today operates in more than 350 markets in 48 states and Canada. Plans are under way to open locations in more than 100 new markets through franchise expansion in select communities around the country.

Christmas Decor has been named one of the Top Ten Home Improvement Franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine and AOL Small Business. Christmas Decor’s parent company, The Decor Group, also offers the Nite Time Decor franchise opportunity, a growing 42-unit concept specializing in architectural and landscape lighting services. For more information, visit www.christmasdecor.net.

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