Before you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas Tree can grow large very quickly.
Picking the tree
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall of when touched
Placing the tree
- Before placing the tree in the stand cut 2 inches 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.
- Do not block any exits with your tree.
- Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
Lighting the tree
- Use lights that have the label of a recognized 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. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off the Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried out trees are a fire hazard, and should not be left in the home or garage, or leaning against your house. Check with your local community to find a recycling program.