Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Tree Safety

Trim the Tree Safely
Trimming the tree is a traditional holiday pastime. However, if they are not properly cared for, Christmas trees can pose a serious danger. The Home Safety Council offers the following tips to keep in mind when selecting and caring for your Christmas tree this holiday season:

  • When buying a live tree, look at the needles. If they are brown or break easily, choose another tree. Test for freshness by bending a few needles in half. If the needles snap in two, the tree is dry - look for a tree with needles that spring back to their original shape.  
  • When you take your tree home, put it in a sturdy, non-tip stand filled with water.
  • Give the tree plenty of water. Dry trees can catch on fire easily.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any flame or heat source.
  • Never put candles on or near your tree.  
  • Put your tree near the electrical outlet. Do not block the exit.
  • Before you put the lights on the tree, look at every bulb. If the string of lights does not look perfect, throw the lights away and get new ones.  
  • Lights do not last long. Replace your lights as soon as you see any signs of damage.
  • Look on the box for a mark that says ETL, UL or CSA. This means the lights have been tested for safety.
  • Read the directions. Only use as many strings of lights as it says is safe to use.
  • When decorating indoors, use only those lights listed for indoor use. Unplug all lights, inside and out, before going to bed or leaving home.
  • Safely get rid of your tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are flammable. They should not be left inside the home or garage, or placed against the house.  
  • Make sure your home has working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.
  • Make sure your family knows what to do to get outside safely in a fire. Practice a family fire drill so your family and guests know the plan.

 When finding and caring for your Christmas tree this holiday season, just remember the word "STAR":



Space: Keep your tree at least three feet away from any heat source or flames such as candles and fireplaces.

Turn off the lights when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Add water daily to keep your tree from drying out too fast.

Replace lights when they are cracked or the wire is frayed. Holiday lights should be replaced about every 3 years. Look for the UL label on the box so you know they have been tested for safety

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