Fire departments tend to be quite busy during the holidays responding to fires caused by Christmas trees. This year make sure Santa is the only one visiting your home and not the local FD, by taking extra care of your Christmas tree. Follow these tips to make your holiday a safe one.
Picking Your Christmas Tree
- If you are buying an artificial tree, make sure it is fire retardant.
- If you are buying a real tree, choose a tree with fresh healthy green needles that do not fall off easily.
Setting Your Christmas Tree
- Cut about 1″ – 2″ off from the base of the trunk.
- Place the tree in an area that is at least three feet away fireplaces, radiators, candles, or lamps.
- Also make sure that the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Remember to add water to the tree stand daily.
Lighting Your Christmas Tree
- Purchase tree lights that labeled for indoor use.
- Do not use tree lights that are worn contain broken cords or loose bulb connections. Also do not connect more than three strands light sets together. If you are still unsure read the manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
- Never use lit candles to decorate your Christmas tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Removing Your Christmas Tree
- When your Christmas tree begins dropping needles – it’s time to remove the tree. Dried-out trees are a risk for fires. Do not store them in your home garage, or against your house. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.