Christmas Tree Safety: How will you treat your tree?
Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.
Following these safety tips may prevent a hazardous situation.
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles.
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least 3 ft away from any heat source.
- Make sure the tree isn’t blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand daily.
- Use the right lights. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- Get rid of the tree after the Holidays. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program.