Before you purchase a live Christmas tree, we have a few safety tips to keep in mind as you pick, place, and light the tree.
Nearly one of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.
Here a few tips to remember.
PICKING THE TREE
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 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. Don't forget to add water to the tree stand daily.
LIGHTING THE TREE
Use lights that are listed by a qualified 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 Christmas tree lights before leaving home
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