Fire Safety Tips for Christmas Trees
As I pulled up to my local grocery store in North Raleigh today, I noticed employees setting up an area outside to start selling fresh trees. Already? Thanksgiving is a week away, can't we celebrate one holiday at a time? I know, I know, it is the "most wonderful time of the year". I must admit, the joy and nostalgia I experience while decorating my tree and home, the glow of lights sparks memories and warms the soul. With that said, it is important to know that fires unfortunately are common this time of year. Christmas tree fires account for approximately 13 million dollars a year in damages. Follow these tips from The American Christmas Tree Association (yes, there truly is an association for everything) for a safe holiday season.
-Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire. Choose a tree with vibrant needles.
-Place your tree away from all heat sources.
-Properly care for your tree. The tree base should always have fresh water inside to prevent the tree from drying out.
-Be sure all your indoor and outdoor lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety and throw away damaged lights.
-Keep all candles away from furniture, decor and your Christmas tree
-Bedtime means lights off! Unplug all Christmas lights!
Stay safe and enjoy "the most wonderful time of the year".