Follow these Christmas Tree Safety Tips for a safe holiday
Can you believe it? It’s time to get out the tree, deck the halls and celebrate all this holiday cheer. Sharp Tree service wants you to have a safe Christmas so we’ve got some Christmas Tree Safety Tips to help you enjoy a safe holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “each year fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees.” We want our customers to know what it takes to be safe this Christmas. Below are some Christmas Tree Safety Tips provided by the NFPA:
Picking the tree
- If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
- 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 1″ – 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, but not both.
- 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 Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. 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.
Holiday time is for family. You shouldn’t have to worry about your family’s safety. Follow these Christmas Tree Safety Tips and you will be ready for all the festivities. Sharp Tree Service wishes all of our customers a safe and happy holiday season!