holiday trees are beautiful, smell great and really add to the spirit
of the season. Following some proven safety tips might help you avoid a
disaster and keep the Grinch away.
Select a tree with fresh green needles that don’t fall off when touched or when the trunk is tapped on the ground.
trees are cut too early, they have a greater risk of drying out and can
become more dangerous especially with electrical lights.
Cut 1” to 2” off the base of the tree before placing it in the stand to facilitate it drawing water to the limbs and quills.
require water similar to cut flowers or they’ll dry out. Tree stands
should hold at least one gallon of water and it should be checked every
day. A six foot tree could use up to a gallon of water every two days.
the tree a minimum of three feet or further from heat source like
fireplaces, space heaters, heat vents or candles. Do not allow the
tree to block an exit.
Lights should be labeled from an independent testing laboratory and intended for indoor use.
Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for how many strings of lights can be connected to each other.
Turn off all tree lights when you go to bed or leave the home.
the tree becomes dry and begins shedding needles, it can be a fire
hazard and should be removed from the home. Even if the holidays are
not over, it is not worth the risk to keep it in your home.
After the gifts have been opened, don’t return the paper and boxes under the tree.
Remove the tree as soon as possible after the holidays.
should never be burned in a fireplace. The trees will burn very hot
and quickly when they are dry and could spread outside of the fireplace
which could cause an unfriendly fire.
Check to see if there is a recycling program for holiday trees in your community.
National Fire Protection Association reports that “one of every three
home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical failures and a heat
source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of the
Author:Lisa Hayden Phone: 941-730-3102 Dated: December 1st 2014 Views: 662 About Lisa: I am a Michigan native but call Sarasota “Home” for the last 8 plus years and have proven to be ...
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