December 4, 2017 | Jen Hellmich

Christmas tree and decoration fires

Christmas Tree with lights plugged in

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. Carefully decorating your home can  help make your holidays safer.

Picking the tree 
  • 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 three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents 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
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent 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 the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
After Christmas
  • Get rid of the tree after Christmas. 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. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to  prevent hazards and make them last longer.

Article from: National Fire Protection Agency



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