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Apartment Living and the Holiday Season

How to Have Fun, Be Happy, and Stay Safe

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Living in an apartment during the holiday season can be fun, but it can also be stressful.

If you're not used to the unique challenges the holiday season poses for apartment dwellers and how to handle them, it can lead to problems. Aside from potential disputes with roommates and neighbors, you also need to pay attention to fire and other safety hazards when celebrating holidays.

Here are tips to help you stay safe, avoid unwanted stress, and make the most of the holiday season:

1. Compromise With Roommates on Holiday Decorations

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Apartment roommates sometimes argue when it comes to holiday decorations. It could be about how much to decorate, what types of decorations to use, or even whether to decorate at all.

Fortunately, even if you and your roommate have opposing religious beliefs or just have strong feelings about your apartment's appearance during the holiday season, you should be able to compromise.

Review the most common reasons why roommates get into holiday decor disputes, and how you can handle them.

2. Keep Christmas Tree Wet

Christmas Tree
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If you celebrate Christmas and want to decorate your apartment for the holidays, you'll no doubt consider including a Christmas tree in your decor.

Christmas trees are more flammable when they're dry, and even small trees can pose a serious fire hazard that could lead to widespread damage or worse.

Find out how to make sure your Christmas tree stays wet, so you can reduce the risk of fire and enjoy your tree.

3. Reduce Fire Risk When Using Menorahs

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It's always important to be careful when lighting candles at home. This is especially true when you live in an apartment and any fire hazard you create could put an entire apartment building at risk.

If you celebrate Hanukkah in your apartment, your menorah may contain as many as nine lit candles at the same time. Even if the candles feel secure in their holders, you can't risk that one might fall and spark a large fire.

Here's a simple precaution Hanukkah celebrants can take to dramatically reduce the risk of fire in their apartment.

4. Enjoy Apartment Trick-or-Treating

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Trick-or-treating isn't just a house-to-house activity. Children who live in apartment buildings can enjoy this time-honored holiday tradition, too. In fact, with neighbors so close by and no need to go outdoors, apartment trick-or-treating has its advantages.

If you have children who will be going trick-or-treating in your apartment building this Halloween, get some tips to help them play it safe.

5. Keep Trick-or-Treaters Happy Even if You Can't Be Home

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Do you like Halloween but can't be home on October 31 to greet young revelers looking for treats? You can still contribute to costumed children's holiday cheer.

Find out how to participate in trick-or-treating at your apartment building even if you realize you won't be home.

6. How to Keep Trick-or-Treaters Away

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Not everyone likes Halloween, and many apartment dwellers don't look forward to their evening being repeatedly interrupted by trick-or-treaters.

If trick-or-treating visits is what's scaring you this Halloween, you certainly don't have to participate. Find out how to opt out with grace.

7. Practice Neighbor-Friendly Entertaining

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If you're thinking of throwing a holiday party in your apartment, you shouldn't let fears of neighbor complaints interfere with your plans.

But it's always a good idea to be considerate to those who live around you, and it doesn't take much effort.

Here are some ways you can practice neighbor-friendly entertaining in your apartment.

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