It’s that time of the year when you take your family to pick out a Christmas tree at the local tree farm or venture out into the woods to claim the prize tree for yourself. The tree is often the centerpiece for Christmas, and you want it to be just perfect for your children to decorate and find their presents under on Christmas morning. Unfortunately, Christmas tree fires occur each year, and it is necessary you take precautions to keep your family safe from this hazard.
No Dry Trees Allowed
Remember dry trees cause home fires.
Start out with a fresh tree. Look for one with green needles that don’t fall off the second you touch them. Steer clear of trees with an abundance of brown needles or those surrounded by needles which have already fallen off. When you get the tree home and in its stand, fill it up with water and make sure to fill it each day. If you have pets, be sure to check throughout the day as pets sometimes enjoy drinking the tree water.
Toss Tangled Lights
Instead of spending hours untangling those old Christmas lights, consider buying some new ones that are labeled as having been tested for safety. Damaged strings of light can start an electrical fire, so you want to be sure your lights are in perfect condition before you wrap them around your tree.
Stay Away From Heat Sources
Place your tree in an area where it will be completely clear of the hazards of fireplaces, electric heaters, Christmas candles, or any other heat source. The smallest spark could potentially set your tree ablaze.
Check Your Insurance
Just in case the worst case scenario should happen, this is a good time of year to check in with your homeowner’s insurance. You will be able to make sure your policy is in effect and ready to cover you if needed.
Follow these tips for some peace of mind, and enjoy a safe and happy Christmas.
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