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Christmas Tree Safety Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and many of you have begun the annual tradition of putting a Christmas tree inside your home. While Christmas trees are a beautiful addition to your home, they are also a fire hazard if not taken care of properly. To avoid a tree fire this holiday season follow these Christmas tree safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Tips for Picking Your Christmas Tree

  • Choose a tree with limbs that are green and healthy.
  • Look for a tree with flexible needles that don’t break and a trunk with sap.

Tips for Placing Your Tree In Your Home

  • Make sure your tree is at least 3 feet from any heat source. (fireplaces, radiators, candles, vents, lights, etc.)
  • Water your tree DAILY. Your tree stand should always have water in it,
  • Do not place your tree where it will block the exit.
  • Before placing your tree in the stand, cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk.

Tips for Lighting & Decorating Your Tree

  • Use lights that are specifically for indoor use only.
  • If you notice any worn or frayed cords it is best to replace the entire strand of lights.
  • Always turn off your Christmas tree lights before bed or leaving your house.

Disposing of Your Christmas Tree

  • After Christmas, dispose of your tree in a timely manner. If the tree is dried, it is time for it to go.
  • Don’t leave the dry tree in the home, garage, or leaning against the house.
  • Check your local community to find a tree recycling program.

We hope you have a happy and safe holiday season. If you need our help with Fire Damage Restoration don’t hesitate in giving us a call.

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