Christmas Tree Safety
With the holidays coming to an end, we want to encourage you to dispose or store your Christmas tree sooner rather than later. The reason being it’s a fire hazard, regardless if you have a real or artificial tree, and the dryer the tree, the bigger the fire hazard. In fact, nearly 40% of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January.
In light of the holiday season winding down, we’d like to give you a list of tips to consider when getting your tree next holiday season.
1. Fresh is best: Buy a tree that isn’t previously cut to prevent it from drying out before you bring it home.
2. Do your research: If you have a pre-lit artificial tree, check to see if it’s been recalled. Often times, these kinds of trees are recalled due to exposed wiring and electrical shock hazards.
3. Hydration is key: Keep your tree well-watered throughout the entire holiday season to keep your tree green and fire free.
4. Lights out: Don’t leave lights plugged in when you leave your home or go to bed. If a fire sparks, you want to be the first to know.
5. Flames lead to blame: Keep open flames, such as candles, away from the tree at all times.
6. Your outlets need breaks too: Don’t overload your electrical sockets when plugging in Christmas tree lights.