Christmas carols are dominating the airwaves once again, it seems that Christmas Season comes earlier and earlier every year. Philippines is a country known to celebrate the world’s longest Christmas season as Filipinos around the world mark September 1st as the beginning of the countdown to Christmas. The countdown spans from September to December, otherwise known as the “Ber Months”. The holiday season is a rich and vital part of Filipino culture and tradition, from elaborate Christmas decorations, midnight mass, gift-giving to sumptuous all-night Noche Buena parties during Christmas Eve.


Appletipps Christmas Showroom

Now, you can start decorating your home with Meiji’s Christmas items available  at SM Homeworld and Appletipps Showroom. Bring your family together in filling up the holiday spirit in every room of your home. Here are some of Meiji’s Christmas Items which you can choose from:



LED Color Changing Snowman

If  you are dreaming of whimsical winter months, decorate your home with  these LED color changing snowmen that are available in 12 different designs.

Meiji LED Color Changing Snowman


Their winter white crystal body lights up from within, with colors changing from red, green and blue. Having a hard time thinking of what Christmas gifts to give your godchildren, friends or officemates this year? Why not give them this adorable snowman instead?


Meiji LED Snowmen

With their sparkling white bodies and cozy hat and scarves, these adorable snowmen will surely add Christmas cheer to any home.



Meiji Snow Dome

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! You couldn’t help but sing when you see this electric snow dome with polyresin. Meiji Snow Domes are unlike the traditional Christmas glass snow globes that are very heavy and needs constant shaking.

Meiji Snow Dome

Just plug in the AC adaptor for a continuously blowing snow dome that lights up with multi-colored LEDs and plays festive melodies. You can choose from Santa, Snowmen or Windmill Designs. The Meiji Snow Dome is a fresh twist on a classic Christmas decoration!



Meiji Gift Box

Add sparkle and joy to your holiday displays with these gift boxes with LED lights. These glittering boxes are great as table centerpieces and it will fit perfectly under your Christmas tree, console table, entryway and other display areas. It comes in 3 different sizes: small, medium and large.

Meiji LED Gift Boxes

You can mix and match the  white, red and gold colored gift boxes with matching gold, red and green bows. It is made up of sturdy wire frame wrapped in sparkling mesh so you are assured of its durability.



Meiji Christmas Village

Create a warm and elegant touch of Christmas spirit in your home with these Christmas villages whose timeless aesthetic appeal never goes out of style.


Nothing beats the relaxing feeling of gazing at these tiny, jovial town. Each model includes music and a variety of LED Fiber Optic lights. Similar with Meiji’s Fiber Optic Trees, these are energy and cost efficient items because it makes use of LED or fiber optic lights. As we know, light-emitting diode (LED) lights last longer and are more energy efficient compared to the conventional Christmas lights.

See your children’s faces light up when they gaze into these beautiful Christmas Villages with moving train, skater, ferris wheel, carousel and sleigh. Create wonderful stories and memories with these beautiful collections of treasured pieces that will surely give your home a warm, joyful look during the holidays.



Meiji Fiber Optic Tabletop Christmas Tree

Decorating for Christmas is the highlight of the year for some people. However, it can be a little tricky to decorate a small home with big Christmas decorations or when you live in a condominium. Fret not, there are still a ton of ways you can get into the Christmas spirit and one of those ways is by decorating with Meiji Fiber Optic Tabletop Christmas trees!


Meiji Fiber Optic Table Top Tree

These Christmas decorations can be added into any room of your home  or office table and come in so many different styles. If you want an elegant look, you can get a Table Top Christmas Tree with Angel topper. If you are looking for something simple, there is a Tabletop Tree with a Star topper while another one  has multicolor LED light bulbs. With its height of only 2 feet tall, it can fit on just about any sized table and help spread the holiday joy.



Meiji Fiber Optic Christmas Trees

Fiber optic trees do not heat up, unlike the conventional Christmas lights. This type of tree ensures the safety of your home from fire, because it does not radiate heat. Meiji Fiber Optic trees are so easy to assemble and disassemble and are available in 2ft, 4ft, 5ft and 6ft.


Meiji Fiber Optic Christmas Tree

There are so many models to choose from,  some have built-in decors such as star, angel, candle sticks, multicolor light bulbs and Christmas balls. Selected models also comes with a button control where you can set the color and lights to 8 different sequences like combination, waves, sequential, slow glow, chasing/flash, slow fade, twinkle, and steady on. The best thing about this tree is its energy efficiency as it consumes 10 times less energy compared to ordinary Christmas bulbs.



If you are looking for Christmas decorations, Meiji Electric has a wide selection of Christmas items so you can find the best decoration to match your home style. There are so many options for both small and large homes so everyone can enjoy decorating for the holidays.


Meiji Christmas Items


For more information, please call 413-0600, 351-1902 and 351-1710 or email us at  for your inquiries. You can visit our Christmas  items showroom at Appletipps located in Unit 15 Landsdale Arcade, Mother Ignacia, Quezon City and 1 Mabolo Street, New Manila Quezon City. All Meiji Christmas items are also displayed at SM Homeworld.


Updated: October 5, 2017




Meiji Electric hopes that your holiday season was filled with the warm company of friends and family. The holiday season is over, which means that it is time to put away your Christmas decorations. Here are some reminders to help keep safely storing your decors a holiday tradition in your home and in the future:


Meiji Fiber Optic Trees


Christmas tree

Let’s start with the highlight of the Christmas Season, the Christmas tree. You want to make sure that it is stored well, so it will continue to look great year after year. The box that the tree came in can be used to repackage it, but it can be a challenge to fit the tree back in after it’s been fluffed. Good thing the Meiji Fiber Optic Tree is so compact and easy to disassemble. You just have to fold its leaves and you are done in less than 10 minutes!


Holiday decorations are meant for temporary use

Leaving your decorations up for extended periods leaves wires unnecessarily exposed to the elements, which can decrease the product’s shelf life and increase the risk of electrical hazards. Store electrical decorations in a dry area that is not accessible by children or pets.

Inspect the wiring

As you take down holiday lights, inspect the wiring and discard any that have cracked or appear to have damaged wire insulation. Always unplug decorations by using the plug or gripping area.  Pulling on the cord could damage the wire and present a shock or fire hazard.

Properly label or store indoor decorations

Make sure to properly label or store indoor decorations separate from those intended for outdoor use. Put your old shoe boxes to good use; wrap your Christmas balls then store them inside the old shoe box.


Meiji Christmas Village

Storing your Meiji Christmas Village involves ensuring that it will look as good next Christmas as it did the year before. Most Christmas villages include small, breakable buildings so storing your village properly is really important. Keep the box in which your Christmas village originally came from; this comes with Styrofoam to ensure that the small ornaments in the village do not get damaged.  For older village pieces that are missing their original boxes, you can wrap each Christmas village in bubble wrap before putting it in a storage box. While it might be tempting to put two pieces together, those pieces can bump against one another and cause scratching, discoloration and breakage.



Christmas lights should be kept away from places with extreme temperatures and humidity

These factors can harm the filament of the bulbs. Also guard against mice because they can chew on the wires and ruin the strand of Christmas lights. Tangled wires are difficult to unwind and prone to bulb breakage. Christmas lights made with incandescent bulbs are normally switched on for long consecutive hours which can cause overheating. For safety reasons, it is advisable to have it checked by an electrician before using it again. Neatly wrap Christmas lights help make the decorating process faster and easier to re-use for the next Holiday Season.


Remember that you invested time and money in buying your special Christmas ornaments each year. These decors not only add cheerfulness to the Christmas Season, some also have high sentimental value so they need to be properly kept and maintained.




Christmas is just around the corner and I’m sure that by now, you have already adorned your houses with Christmas trees, garlands and colourful parols. It is the most festive time of year and having a safe and secure home will keep the holidays brighter for you and your family. Before you get busy in buying your Christmas gifts and other preparations, please take a while to review our holiday electrical safety reminders to avoid any potential danger.

#1: Determine the number of available outlets

When decorating, determine first the number of available outlets and its location. Be sure that your installed electrical outlet can accommodate the total load of your Christmas decors. The most common problem when hanging Christmas lights is the unavailability of an electric outlet. If your outlet is far from your Christmas lights/ decors, use the Meiji 20 Series Extension sets (WRP 2104/2027) that are made up of polycarbonate ABS plastic material and ranges from 3-5 Metered wires. It also has 3 outlets rated from 1200 to 2500 Watts and your choice of white, black and even green colours.





You can also try our Meiji 13 Series Extension Sets (MES-1303 to 1306). This series consists of 3 to 6 international outlets with individual switches, shutters for child protection and fuses for each outlet. It also contains a circuit breaker to better protect your higher rated appliances. It is made up of fire-retardant plastic in grey colour, rated at a total of 2,500 Watts.

# 2: Turn off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations before going to sleep or leaving the house.

# 3: Do not use electrical ornaments or light strings on artificial trees with metallic leaves or branches.

Or better yet, update your tree to the Fiber Optic Christmas TreesMeiji Fiber Optic Tree with programmable energy saving LEDs. This year, we have four new designs to choose from. The MFL-DL with LED dancing lights, MFL-RM with LED blinking colourful balls, The MFL-G that has steady gold fiber optic with colourful LEDs, and the MFL-SS which has LED stars with 8 different motions. With this type of Christmas tree, you don’t need to put on any Christmas lights and unlike the conventional tress, it does not heat up. Energy efficiency is another benefit of using this tree since LEDs only consumes 1/3 energy. This will add up to big savings on your electricity bill by the time the holiday season is over.

# 4: Do not overload electrical outlets.

Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are a common cause of holiday fires. Avoid overloading outlets and only plug one high-wattage appliance into each outlet. Read the power consumption of your appliance and make sure it is within the capacity of your outlet.

# 5: Outdoor Christmas lights and decorations should be pluggedgfci with cover into circuits protected by Meiji Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GF-250/ MGF 250).

These are protective outlets designed to shut off an electric circuit when it detects current imbalance due to ground faults or grounded wires. Pair it up with the Meiji Weather Proof Cover (MCS-2204) for added protection!

# 6: Always unplug electrical decorations before replacing bulbs or fuses of your Christmas lights to avoid electric shock.

# 7: Make sure that you have a stand-alone Meiji Smoke Detector with Alarm (MSD-01/ MSD-02) 

smoke-detector-front-300x265With all the family reunions this Christmas season, your kitchen will surely be busy. Make sure that you have a stand-alone Meiji Smoke Detector with Alarm (MSD-01/ MSD-02) to warn you when it detects smoke; that is typically an indicator of fire.

Caring and providing excellent electrical products for our customers is something we strive to do all year round. On behalf of Meiji Electric, I would like to extend our sincerest thanks for your continued patronage, and wishing you a Joyful plus safe Christmas and a Prosperous as well as electrically secured New Year!

A lot of fires during Christmas season are caused by electrical problems. Christmas decorations, trees and lights are included in these situations, and when they’re on fire, they are more likely to be serious.

Be extra cautious in decorating your home!

Meiji Electric has a complete line of LED Fiber Optic Christmas Trees which are very safe to use. These kinds of Christmas Trees make use of LED lights to prevent heat that may cause fires. It has longer life span than ordinary Christmas lights.

Meiji LED Fiber Optic Christmas Trees are more energy efficient than the ordinary ones. About 80% of the electrical energy is converted to light, while 20% is lost and converted into other forms of energy such as heat. This means, the lesser the heat, the lesser the chance of fire to happen.

Extremely durable

Also, one good quality of the LED lights designed on Meiji Fiber Optic Christmas Trees is their durability. They are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can withstand even the roughest conditions.

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Be careful where you place extension cords

Set them up not under rugs as walking traffic can weaken the insulation and the wires can overheat, increasing the chances for fire. Be vigilant when placing cords behind or beneath furniture because pinched cords can fray and short. If you have pets, keep them away from cords to avoid entanglement and chewing.

And if you’re thinking where to buy affordable extensions cords with good quality, find great deals with Meiji Electric!

Extension cords of high performance

Meiji offers you extension cords of high performance designed to provide safety and ease especially this holiday season.

The 3-meters Meiji ‘13 Series’ Extension Cords (MES-1300 to 1308), rated at 10 amperes, 2500 watts, and the new Meiji Flying Saucer Strip MES-1400, are good enough to use for your Christmas trees, Christmas lights and other decorations, especially if they have bulky adaptors. They’re made from fire retardant, white plastic material which is a valuable tool in fire prevention.

Lengthy extension cord

Also, the Meiji ‘20 Series’, (WRP-2027 and WRP-2104) with a length of 3 to 5 meters, rated at 15 amperes, 3500 watts, is a 3-Gang Polarized Extension Set, suitable for your Christmas lights and other decorations. They’re available in white, black and green colors and come in 3 to 5-meter range to fulfill your need for a lengthy extension cord.

Always keep in mind that the most joyous of times can also be deadly. It’s never been wrong to be safe.

Happy Holidays!



This coming Christmas season, don’t hesitate to invest on the unswerving Meiji LED Fiber Optic Christmas Trees!
Meiji LED Fiber Optic Christmas Trees can create a breathtaking color-changing effect or steady lighting for your Christmas theme decorations. These are fiber optic materials that are flame retardant in numerous length sizes. Light can go into one end of the strand, resulting in a spectacular light show of any imaginable colors towards the end that shines into your room.

Fiber Optic Christmas Trees

FOC LED STARMeiji LED Fiber Optic Christmas Trees can change your household Christmas theme into a wonderfully attractive display of flashing lights. It can also change into a more dazzling array of other colors. What’s more interesting is that they do not give out heat, only light. This prevents them from catching fire like a real tree can when it dries out in your living room. You can cover your Christmas tree with cotton strands to simulate snow, or put on different decors as there is no heat given off, therefore no fear of fire hazards.


With Meiji LED Fiber Optic Christmas Trees, you do not need to put on any Christmas lights. You don’t have to worry about bulbs that are inter-dependent, wherein one bulb burns out, the whole series of lights will also be out.

FOC LED CANDLEAnd unlike the conventional fiber optic Christmas trees, there are no motors or halogen bulbs that may emit heat and consume energy.

Meiji LED Fiber Optic Christmas Trees are smart and wise investments because they are very energy efficient, as they may even use only one tenth of the energy consumed by conventional Christmas lights! Meiji LED Fiber Optic Christmas Trees will last for a long time, and are definitely more economical than standard Christmas trees with conventional lights.


With easy set up in just a few minutes, Meiji LED Fiber Optic Christmas Trees can be the most beautiful home decoration this coming Christmas season!


philippine_christmas” Where would you find the most Christmas spirit in the world? It’s hard to say for certain, but if a global competition were to be held, the Philippines would have an excellent shot at winning.”-CNN, Dec. 5, 2012.

Truly, Philippines has made its mark in the world when it comes to celebrating Christmas. And it makes us proud, right? The land where there is no winter or snow every Christmas time is now considered one of the merriest countries in the world in celebrating Christmas season. And year after year, we keep on trying new things to make our Christmas celebration more joyful and memorable especially for the children. And if you’re one of the many who can relate, which I am sure you are!  Meiji Electric is here to give some of our products you shouldn’t miss this Christmas season.

Meiji Fiber Optic Christmas Trees

Want to give traditional Christmas trees a twist? Why not try our Meiji Fiber optic Christmas Tree Collection?So whether you want to go with colorful Christmas balls or Classic raindrop tree, surely this is a good choice.  Convenience, safe and hassle-free, what could you ever wish for?meiji_pinecone

Meiji Christmas Villages Collection

If you want to showcase your creativity by creating ‘eye-candy’ decorations, Meiji Christmas Village Collection is perfect for you! Definitely, this is not something that you will let your feet pass without enjoying its beauty even for a while. Not to mention, Meiji Christmas villages’ Christmas music brings you the Christmas spirit even after a long and tiring day at work.  Tip: Try adding 1 or 2 pieces every year to your Christmas Village Collection; I’m sure your investment will not be wasted when you see how it became more beautiful every year.

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Meiji Christmas Decors

Tired of wrapping the same kind of gifts year after year? Now is the time you say goodbye to the usual gifts and say hello to Meiji Electric Christmas Decoration. This is a perfect gift to your friends and office mates from all ages. You can choose from Meiji Cherry Blossoms and Snowmen with changing LED. Both are very inviting and fun to look at. And perfect stress reliever, too!


So there you have it! Different Meiji Christmas items that will make your Christmas this year more fun, joyful and festive.

Christmas is the season of gift-giving. And from Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas in our Heart’s song, “Wherever there are people, giving gifts exchanging cards. I believe that Christmas is truly in our hearts…”  It has indeed been engraved to our beings to give our closest friends and love ones gifts to show affection and appreciation in this most awaited season.  

If like me, you still could not make up your mind on the various choices to give your classmates, office mates or relatives, we suggest you look into Meiji’s gift suggestions. Let Meiji help you complete your Christmas shopping list.

First on the list,

Meiji Cherry Blossoms Tree

A perfect table top display not just during this Christmas but for the whole year round.  It’s a 1.5 ft. tree that changes its color according to your preference interval. You may choose in two colors, green and blue. Truly, its changing color gives you a relaxing ambiance perfect for your living room decor.cherryblossoms-meiji


Snowmen Decors with changing LED

Meiji Snowmen Figurines is perfect as gifts for both young and old. It’s good to be placed on your desk or even at your working table.

Meiji  has it in two designs, the snowmen with bonnet hat and snowmen with pointed hat. |These Meiji snowmen decors change its colors when you turn on their switch at the bottom. Each design has 4 different colors to choose from. A perfect collectible item this Yuletide season. So who says we can’t have a snowman here in the Philippines? With Meiji Snowmen decors, we can have it at its best! 🙂meiji-snowmen

As we know and have heard countless of times, the best things in life are freeIt doesn’t really matter if your gifts are expensive or not. Loved ones are not for the price tag anyway. But the best combination of your gifts this season is that it comes from your hearts. Just like what my parents say, it’s the thought that counts.1381167217-2039001

So there you have it. Gift suggestions that will help you make this years’ Christmas more memorable, more fun! But with all those gifts’ we are preparing for our friends and loved other, let us not forget whose birthday we are really celebrating for. Have you prepared your gift for Him?

Have a joyful Christmas everyone! 🙂

Another year about to end… It’s really drawing near…Do you know it’s Christmas time at all?(SONG SYMBOL)

We’re starting to hear songs at the shopping malls. We see bazaars left and right. And ladies, our four lettered favorite word S-A-L-E are everywhere! You know it’s Christmas! So, are you filling your house with the warmth of Christmas spirit?

Meiji came up with new ways to make your Christmas this year more colorful and cost-efficient. Who says these dilemmas should stop us from showcasing our creativity this season? No matter how busy you are and tight your budget may be, worry no more, because Meiji Electric is here to help you decorate your home and make it more beautiful as it is!

This 2013, Meiji Electric introduces its new collection of Fiber optic with multi-colored LED Christmas trees.


Want to add some drama to your Christmas trees? The downward movement of white LED lights elude a feeling of calmness and relaxation. If you’re the type to relax and unwind on your living room, this Meiji fiber optic tree is perfect for your “emo” moments. This would surely light up the spot on your porches or garden too.

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How about a bright colorful touch of Christmas tree? Looking at this Meiji Christmas tree from afar will give you an illusion of a bunch of colorful butterflies resting on a tree.

Many of us enjoy varying colors during Christmas. In my opinion, colors signify joy. Perhaps it’s why there is a saying, rainbow after the rain. This Meiji Christmas tree is simple, yet colorful. It is up to you if you would still include Christmas decors in it. But again for busy moms and home owners, this tree does not only save you the money of buying decors, but also the time of choosing and placing them on your tree.



Usually Christmas decors in the decor section include Christmas balls. Why? It’s simple yet elegant. It also gives your Christmas tree a fuller look. So this year, Meiji brings you its 2013 version of Christmas tree with small balls.

Many of our valued customers say this is a great buy because it’s so easy to assemble and disassemble. Meiji small balls Christmas tree is also very neatly decorated so all you have to do is open its leaves, plug-in the adapter and voila! You’re colorfully, wonderfully set for a Christmas party.



The second favorite on Christmas decors is the star. As we know, the star symbolizes the guide for the 3 kings or the 3 wise men in pursuit of the Messiah. And what good news it brings knowing that today our Messiah lives in our hearts and remembered in our homes.

The Meiji acrylic star Christmas tree is an improvement of the last year’s Meiji fiber optic with star tree.


Meiji’s Fiber Optic with LED collection of Christmas trees is the wisest choice for Christmas trees this season. Apart from the convenience it offers: you only need to open and close its leaves to assemble and disassemble respectively, the cost-efficiency: LED and fiber optics combined, safety: no over heating of lights  and the beauty it offers: bright, colorful lights, it is something worth your time and effort in purchasing.

At our home, we had been using our Meiji fiber optic tree for going 6 years now and it still works well. We plan to get another one of the colorful trees to place it beside the door. A sure way to welcoming the Christmas spirit in our home.

We know that Christmas trees are good reminders and decors for Christmas. Afterall, Christmas is a season to celebrate, a time to be joyful and creative at the same time. But let us not forget the reason for celebrating this season. The birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior was born to save and serve mankind. May we all accept it with repented hearts.

Merry Christmas Meiji readers!

I can already hear the jingles and the bells as Christmas draws closer day by day! With the once-a-year holiday right around the corner, there is but one thing left to do and that is to get decoratin’!

Can’t quite decide how to go about designing your home this year? Worry no more for Meiji is your sanctuary in finding the best decorations to lighten up your home this Christmas season! There are three things that you cannot miss out on: Fiber Optic trees, Pull-Up Christmas Trees and Christmas Villages! Each one of these decorations are definitely going to make Christmas for you and your family a very merry one!


Fiber Optic Trees

When it comes to tree decorations, fiber optic is the way to go; the benefits to be gained simply cannot be overlooked! If it’s your first time to hear of fiber optic Christmas trees and are curious about it’s good traits, then you are in for a treat!

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To sum it up, there are three great benefits that fiber optic trees will give you and these are:

1. Cost Efficiency – Working with a 10-20W fuse (varies upon model) you can expect an electricity bill that will shock you, in a good way! Not only will it give you surprisingly lower bills compared to previous Christmas decorations, it also saves you from having to spend time and money on busted light! With the fiber optic tree you will not have to worry about changing old lights that ruin the overall quality of your decoration. You can use it every year and not have to worry about lacking lights on some parts of your tree.

2. Safety – Questions about the safety of Christmas lights had caused quite the stir globally. The last thing you would want to see lighting up the village on Christmas day is your house on fire! Fiber optic trees do NOT generate extensive heat to get your house on fire. You can rest easy on your living room as you drink your Christmas champagne without  having to worry about your pet cat going ablaze. Of course it is always advisable to keep the adapter far away from the fireplace.

3. Hassle-Free – Fiber optic trees are so easy to assemble it will make you want to go on a quick jog! All you have to do is open its branches and switch it on. Now, when Christmas season is over and you have to go back to work (harsh, I know) simply close the branches and you’re done! Time for another run at the oval!

Personally, our fiber optic tree lasted us 8 years, so if you’re looking for a good investment then you’ve found one!


Pull-Up Christmas Tree

Not really into the Christmas shopping craze? Not a fan of having to fight an epic battle with enemy shoppers in the mall? Well, Meiji has just the thing for you: The Pull-Up Christmas Tree! A one-pull-all-inclusive Christmas tree that will have you set-up and done in minutes. The Pull-Up tree comes with lights, decors and garlands that will surely drive Christmas right up your visitor’s hearts!

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Setting up the Pull-Up Christmas tree is easy as a bee! All it takes are 3 steps:

1. Assemble the posts that will function as a stand.

2. Pull up the tree and place it on the stand.

3. Plug it in!

There you have it! The spirit of Christmas in 3 steps and a tree!


Christmas Villages

Why not spend this Yuletide season a little more creatively? What better way to be creative than having a miniature house decoration filled with lights and good tidings right inside your home! Meiji’s Christmas Villages  come in small, medium and large sizes. These are pretty decors made out of polyresin. Lit by LED lights and/or fiber optics (or both), these little villages will surely make your family feel Christmas as it should be felt – in peace and harmony! So check out the variety of designs for Christmas Villages and let it illuminate, in its own miniature way, your home!

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There you have it guys! Don’t forget that the spirit of Christmas is all about giving! Merry Christmas!


new christmas lights‘Tis the season to be jolly! No one wants to have to deal with fires, especially in the Christmas season when sadly, homes are more prone to fires due to the various Christmas decorations and other preparations. I encourage everyone to be careful with preparing for the holidays, because as the cliché goes, prevention is better than cure. Here are five simple steps you can take that can save lives and homes:

1. Maintain your lights.

It is normal for families to use the same Christmas lights year after year because they’re only up for a while anyway, and then put away the rest of the year. Thus, it is inevitable that these lights can wear out and we would be unaware of it. Before putting up those colorful, wonderful lights, inspect them first with utmost scrutiny—check for warm wires, worn-out wires, broken sockets, kinking, and any other symptoms of a potential danger. And when the time comes that you have to replace your lights, make sure to purchase lights from a credible, reputable brand. Better yet, get fiber optics.

fiber optic christmas tree with LED balls2. Use non-flammable decorations.

It is pretty much self-explanatory. As much as possible, purchase only fire-retardant decorations. If you are not sure whether a product is fire-retardant, always ask the sales personnel. It is not worth it to assume when it comes to life-or-death issues. This condition also applies to buying the Christmas tree itself, if you are getting an artificial one. On the other hand, if you are getting a real tree, always keep it moist, as dry trees can burn up more easily.

3. Do not block exits and crucial pathways.

While it is indeed very tempting to envelop your home in colorful decorations in the spirit of the holiday season, remember that you have to keep important pathways and exits clear and empty. This is so that in the event that something untoward happens, you will have the proper means to escape your home. In this light, it will also help if you held a fire drill with the people in your home.

4. Do not leave lights and/or burning candles unattended.

Even if your lights are A-Okay, leaving them on for extended periods of time can cause them to wear out easily and become exposed to serious danger. Always turn them off when not in use. If possible, make a schedule wherein the lights and decorations can only be switched on at a certain time. Installing smoke detectors would also be a wise option.

5. Concentrate on your cooking.

This item may not be related to Christmas decorations, but it is still crucial to the holiday season. One can get lost in the preparations for Noche Buena, as there are relatives buzzing with glee in their chit chats, and kids running around all giddy about seeing everyone and receiving their presents. While it is the spirit of the season to reunite with family relatives and/or close friends, keep in mind the brownies in your oven, the spaghetti on your stove, and the dishes that can go wrong if left unattended. Set alarms, have someone remind you, do anything to make sure the food preparations go smoothly.

So there you have it! It really pays to be careful with the little things. A little inspection, a little caution definitely goes a long way. Have a safe holiday season!