Nov 30, 2016

Christmas Tree Safety For Live & Artificial Trees

Christmas Tree Safety

It’s time to get your Christmas tree, load it up on the car and bring it home to adorn with ornaments and lights! This beautiful tradition can make memories that last for years. Christmas tree safety is crucial for your home. Although Christmas tree fires aren’t common, when they do occur, they are much more likely to be very serious. National Fire Protection Association reported that in 2015, house fires were started in 210 homes because of Christmas trees. Ensure that the holiday memories you create with your Christmas tree are festive and fun by following these simple tips to keep your home safe:

Live Christmas Tree Safety

  • Pick a tree with green, fresh needles. When you touch the ends of the tree, needles should not fall off.
  • Cut about 2 inches from the bottom of the tree before placing it in the tree stand. Most vendors and retailers that sell live trees will offer this service for free.
  • Place your tree in the tree stand, a minimum of 3 feet distance from heat sources. Table lamps, candles, heating vents, radiators and fireplaces can become trouble for trees that are too close.
  • Add water to your tree stand daily. Check the water level by reaching under and dipping your fingers into the stand. If your fingers go in more than 2 inches without touching water, you need to replenish it. Keeping it watered helps prevent drying out.
  • Be sure that the lights you are using are for indoor use.
  • Use LED lights on your tree. These consume less energy and don’t get as hot.
  • Never use candles on the tree for decoration. This may look pretty in story books, but in reality, it’s an obvious danger.
  • Always turn your Christmas tree lights off before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • When you’re ready to dispose of your tree, do it immediately. Leaving a dried out tree beside your home or in a garage is a fire risk. Check with your local recycling programs for proper tree disposal and times for pickup.

Artificial Christmas Tree Safety

  • After taking your artificial tree out of the box or attic, wipe it down with a wet cloth to remove dust buildup, then wipe it down with a clean cloth. Dust buildup can be dangerously flammable on plastic trees.
  • Be very careful not to overload the electrical sockets with your Christmas tree lights. This can causes shortages and electrical fires.
  • Be sure that the lights you are using are for indoor use.
  • Use LED lights on your tree. These consume less energy and don’t get as hot.
  • Always turn your Christmas tree lights off before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Place your tree in an area with a minimum of 3 feet distance from heat sources. Table lamps, candles, heating vents, radiators and fireplaces can become trouble for artificial trees that are too close.

 

Have a happy and safe Christmas this year, when you follow simple steps to keeping your home safe. Your Christmas tree will always be a fire hazard – but you can prevent fires by taking good care of your tree!