During the holiday season, many homes are beautifully decorated with candles, garland, and Christmas trees adorned in lights. While the wonder of the season is exciting, it is important to be aware of potential fire hazards. Follow the tips below to make sure that your home is festive and free of potential danger.
If you choose to decorate a live tree, try to find one that is fresh. Fresh trees are safer for your home because they are less likely to catch fire. Some signs of a fresh tree are:
- Vibrant green with needles that are not easily plucked
- A trunk that is sticky with resin
Be careful of trees that have a greenish cast to their trunks and branches, as some growers spray trees with green paint to make them more appealing to buyers.
When decorating your Christmas tree (live or artificial), follow these lighting tips to ensure that your tree is safe from electrical fires:
- Only use lights that have been tested for safety (a label from an independent testing laboratory should appear on the box)
- Check each set of lights for broken sockets, frayed wires or lose connections
- Use a maximum of three standard-sized strings of lights per single extension cord
- Keep cords and lights away from the tree’s water supply
To dispose of your tree, take it to a tree-recycling center or have it hauled away by a community pick-up service. Never burn trees, branches or needles in a fireplace or wood stove. Fir trees and pine trees have a copious amount of sap, which can explode.
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