Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas Tree Safety

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Although uncommon, Christmas tree fires much more likely than other in-home fires to become serious. See what steps you can take to ensure that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.



Picking the Tree

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  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.



Placing the Tree
  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat cents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the Tree

DID YOU KNOW: Nearly one third of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems?
  • Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.