Tuesday Tips: Christmas Tree Safety

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We want everyone to stay safe this year for Christmas, so we decided this week would be a great week to go over some safety tips for trees, lights, and candles. Watch a live Christmas tree fire demonstration on the Today Show.

  1. Picking a Tree: If decorating with a real tree, make sure to pick a very fresh tree, or one that has just been cut down. If going to a Christmas tree lot, ask when the trees were cut down, and check if they have been in water.
  2. Placement: Place tree away from heat sources (fireplaces, radiators, candles, vents, etc)
  3. WATER: Make sure your tree always has water,. The more dried out it gets, the more dangerous it is. Check the water level on a daily basis.
  4. Lights: Make sure your lights are working properly and are not damaged (frayed or worn). All sockets should be filled with a bulb & do not connect more than 3 strands of mini lights together.
  5. Candles: Keep candles away from trees or garland, and never leave them unattended.
  6. Lights Off: Always be sure to turn your lights off when leaving the house or heading to bed.
  7. Smoke Alarm: Make sure your smoke alarms have batteries and are in working order.

For more safety tips, facts, and more, check out the Christmas Tree Association and the US Fire Administration

We hope you all stay safe this year and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Written by: Ginger Herman