Christmas trees are an important holiday tradition for millions of families. There is nothing that says “Christmas” like the sight of a tree decorated with tinsel and ornaments. However, many people are unaware of the dangers that a Christmas tree can pose.
Every year, hundreds of house fires are started by Christmas trees. Many of these fires could have been avoided had people been aware of these important Christmas tree safety tips. Follow these guidelines when you are choosing and decorating your tree so that your holiday season is filled with nothing but happiness and good cheer.
You might think that choosing an artificial tree is the perfect way to avoid any danger of fire. However, even an artificial tree can potentially catch on fire if it is not properly treated. When you are buying an artificial tree, make sure that it has been treated with fire retardant. Look for a label on the box or the tree that provides this information.
If you are choosing a live tree, look for one with fresh, green needles. Trees with dry, brown needles that fall off when touched are more prone to catching fire. The healthier the tree, the less likely it will be to start a fire.
When you are getting ready to set up the tree, trim the bottom one or two inches from the trunk before you put it into the stand. Fill the stand with enough water that it covers the bottom of the trunk, and be sure to add more water on a daily basis. If the water level gets too low in the stand, the tree will dry out and pose more of a fire hazard.
Your Christmas tree should be set up at least three feet from any heat source. This includes fireplaces, electric outlets, space heaters, candles, and anything else that produces heat. Doing so will help to minimize the risk that the tree will get too hot and catch fire.
Positioning of the tree is also important for fire safety. The tree should be set up in a place where it is not blocking the exit from a room. In case a fire does break out, you want to make sure that anyone in the room has a clear path to the exit.
Make sure that your Christmas tree lights have been tested for safety by an independent laboratory. You also need to be sure that you use lights that have been certified for indoor use. Using outdoor lights on a Christmas tree can be very dangerous.
While they can be quite attractive, you should never use lit candles to decorate your tree. Doing so can easily start a fire. If you do have candles for decoration in your home, make sure that they are kept away from the tree.
Decorating a Christmas tree is a beloved holiday tradition for many families, but it needs to be done safely. Use these tips to make sure that your tree is as safe as possible.
Author : Mick Chan has been working in safety supplies and emergency kits industry for more than five years. As a product manager for EDisasterSystems.com, he knows his merchandise and all the requirements from OSHA. He likes to write and share his ideas about the importance of safety and emergency prevention.