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Christmas Tree Safety Tips
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.


Picking the tree-

-Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree-

-Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.

-Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. 

-Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.

-Add water to the tree stand.  Be sure to add water daily.


Lighting the tree-

-Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory.  Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.

-Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.  Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect.

-Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.

-Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.


After Christmas-

-Get rid of the tree after Christmas.  Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.  Check with your local community to find a recycling program.  Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.