1. Choose a Fresh Tree
Choosing the right tree is the first step to Christmas tree safety. Going to a Christmas tree farm with the family is a fun tradition, but it is important to pay attention to more than just the size and shape of the tree. When picking out your live tree, choose one that feels fresh–that way it’s less likely to be flammable. Bend the needles to make sure they don’t snap and shake the branch to see how many needles fall off. Also, check the trunk to make sure it’s sticky with sap.
2. Keep Your Tree Away from Heat
When deciding where to position your Christmas tree, be sure to keep it away from heat sources such as radiators, fireplaces, heat ducts, and wood stoves. Keep in mind that even an artificial tree–even if it says “fire resistant”–should still be kept away from heat just to be safe.
3. Decorate Carefully
Keep unbreakable and larger ornaments towards the bottom of the tree so that if children and pets get ahold of them they don’t pose a choking hazard. Any ornaments with small pieces or sharp edges should be hung high on the tree and out of reach from children. Also, ribbon is safer than metal hooks, so take the time to change out any hooks for ribbon.
4. Check your Christmas Lights
If the wires on your string of Christmas lights are worn or frayed, that is a sign that it is time to throw them away and buy new ones. By using damaged strings of lights, you risk an electrical fire in your Christmas tree.
5. Don’t Forget to Water
A key way to maintain Christmas tree safety all season long is to remember to water your tree consistently. A great way to test if your tree is getting enough water is to gently pull on a branch and see if any needles fall off. If several needles break off and fall to the ground, your tree is getting thirsty and dry, which can be a fire hazard.
Christmas Tree Safety for a Happy Holiday Season
By following our Christmas Tree Safety tips, you are likely to eliminate safety hazards that are commonly overlooked during the holidays. Keep your family cozy and safe during this festive time of year, while also keeping your Christmas tree looking its healthiest and best!
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