If you will be putting your Christmas tree up this weekend, it’s time for a brief refresher on safety. Thousands of fires are started very year due in some way to Christmas trees. If your tree is already up, give it a good once over. If you haven’t put it up yet, read this list before you do.
- Keep it Fresh
Fresh trees are far less likely to catch fire than ones that are dried out. If you are planning on putting up a fresh tree, put it up as close to the holiday as possible. This will help to ensure that your tree is as healthy as possible. Check the water level daily after it has been put up. The more moisture in your tree, the less likely is to go up in flames.
- Dropping Needles
When the needles begin to drop, it’s time to move the tree out of the house. Needles that are turning brown and falling are a sign that your tree is too dry to be safely kept decorated and on display. If you notice an abundance of needles on the floor in the morning, it’s time to move the tree to the curb.
- Blocking Exits
Most people know to keep their Christmas trees away from sources of heat. Did you also know, however, that you also need to keep your tree away from any exits? Should a fire start in your home, you don’t want to have to struggle with a large tree so that you can get out of the front door. Do not put your tree anywhere in the home where it will block your safe exit.
When one bulb burns out, most stay on. Don’t forget to check your wires. Sure, it may be a faulty bulb, but it could also be a frayed wire. Don’t assume that when a bulb blows you can ignore it. Always do a quick check of the rest of the strand to ensure that your wires aren’t the problem.
- Turn Them Off
It is a beautiful sight to pull up in your driveway in the evening and see your lights shining through the window. Who doesn’t love getting up in the morning to a lovely tree lit with twinkling color? Avoid the temptation to keep your lights on when you aren’t home or are asleep. It’s simply a risk that you don’t want to take.
These tips may be ones you’ve heard before, but it is still good to remind ourselves about tree safety during the holidays. A tree is not something you put up and forget. Keep an eye on the tree, its decorations and the lights. Taking a few minutes each day to give your tree a quick inspection can be all it takes to prevent a fire.
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