One of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. With that in mind, check out these tips.
PICKING YOUR TREE
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that don’t fall off when touched.
PLACING YOUR TREE
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2″ from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from heat sources, such as fire places, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand, and refill it daily.
LIGHTING YOUR TREE
- Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off the Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dry trees are a fire hazard 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.