If you're buying a real Christmas tree, pick one that's fresh and place it in a water-holding tree stand. Don't forget to top up the water every day. If buying an artificial tree, make sure it's fire retardant, and keep trees away from heaters and radiators.
Be careful when untangling and plugging in fairy lights and other decorations. If you have an ancient but much-loved set of lights you can't part with, the bulbs should be replaced with low LED lights that conform to BS EN 60598 standards. If you're using outdoor lights, make sure they're made for that purpose and use a circuit breaker for extra safety.
Always check your candles and bulbs for any damage, and connect lights safely to the mains to avoid long trailing leads. This way, you also won't overload any sockets.
When you're facing the task of deciding where you'd like the decorations to go, make sure you're not covering any burglar alarm motion detectors. Warm air can cause dangly decorations to sway or spin – keep these clear of sensors to avoid unwanted alarms!
Take care when you're hanging your decorations - use a good quality stepladder and don't over reach.
Be sure to keep lights away from other decorations and any flammable materials. At the end of the day, always make sure you unplug any electrical decorations at the mains.
Over the festive season, the nights are darker and more of us are away from our homes in the evenings and at weekends. Unfortunately this means it's a time burglars are likely to strike. When decorating your property, make it as festive and welcoming as you'd like - but be sure you're not attracting unwanted guests by advertising your gifts through windows.
If you've decided to go away over the festive period, you may want to leave the heating on low - this will avoid freezing pipes and condensation. It may also be worth draining your water system or bleeding radiators to prevent this.
Did you know if your home contents is insured with LV=, the level of cover over the festive period increases by 10 per cent? This is to cover all the extra stuff you've got at home – like Christmas presents and those swish decorations.