As you decorate this season, be fire-smart. Here are some tips from The Whitlock Group to stay safe. This information comes from the NFPA Public Education Division.
- Almost one-third of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
- A heat source too close to the tree causes more than one in every five fires.
How to pick the tree:
- Look for a tree with fresh green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Where to put the tree:
- Cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand.
- Place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.
- Add water to the tree stand daily.
Lighting and protecting the tree, pets, and home:
- Use lights listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulbs.
- Turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- Keep pets away from the tree.
- Test your smoke alarms to ensure they are in good condition.
What to do after Christmas:
- Remove the tree quickly after Christmas or when it is dry.
- Trees should not be left in the home or garage or placed outside against the home.
- Check in your community to find a recycling program.