Forum Advises Safe Storage of Seasonal Lawn Decorations

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A seasonal information section hosted by's forum offers post-holiday outdoor décor storage tips. Moderator and columnist Dawn West stresses that proper storage of outdoor Christmas decorations prevents electrical fires, minimizes damage to lawns, and ensures that favorite decorations remain undamaged. The forum complements a series of columns spotlighting seasonal lawn care tips and articles reviewing lawn maintenance and yard safety pointers available on, a comprehensive lawn and yard care resource.

A seasonal lawn care section in's forum presents suggestions for properly storing holiday outdoor decorations. Moderator Dawn West's "Seasonal Lawn Décor" topic offers advice about how to keep the festive lights and holiday decorations in good condition for the rest of the year (, a comprehensive lawn and yard care resource, features many such topics in the community forum as well as in-depth seasonal lawn care articles.

Forum moderator and columnist Dawn West recommends storing yard and garden items for their protection and for homeowners' safety as well. "If you store your seasonal lawn décor properly, it'll last longer and make next holiday's decorating that much easier. But most importantly, it'll keep items like holiday lights from becoming safety risks."

According to a U.S. Government safety presentation posted on several government Web sites, an average of 400 holiday season fires each year cause $15 million in property damage, 70 injuries, and 20 deaths. Careless handling of holiday decorations contributes to the likelihood of fire damage. For example, storing indoor and outdoor decorations together could cause indoor extension cords to be inadvertently used outdoors.

The presentation also states that outdoor cords are neutral to the ground and better insulated to handle outdoor weather and wear and tear. Additionally, homeowners should use only UL or FM approved extension cords and inspect them for damage when putting them away for the year and again when taking them out next holiday season.

Correct storage of holiday lawn decoration accomplishes several objectives:

  •     Minimizes damage to lawns caused by leaving decorations out too long
  •     Prevents household fires by properly storing electric lights and power cords
  •     Protects favorite lights and yard decorations from breakage

"Taking down seasonal décor isn't quite as fun as putting it up, but taking the extra time to clean, inspect and store it properly is well worth it. With everything in its place and in good repair, you'll be ready to go the moment the spirit hits you next year," West maintains. In addition to checking out her seasonal forum on, yard and garden enthusiasts can find year-round seasonal lawn maintenance and yard safety articles in the Seasonal Lawn Care section ( is a comprehensive lawn and yard care resource. Visitors can ask staff questions in the lawn forum or benefit from hundreds of articles on seasonal lawn care, grass types, weed prevention, mowers, and other lawn maintenance equipment.


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