One of the most exciting parts of the holiday season is finding the perfect
Christmas tree for your living room. The smell of pine, strings of lights
and colorful ornaments do wonders to light up a room and make all your
guests feel at home. You would be remiss to leave this important detail
out of your holiday decorations, so make sure you’re being being safe.
Like most other winter decorations, a Christmas tree poses fire hazards.
Even a small fire can spread fast if it makes contact with your tree.
In this article, you will find Christmas tree safety tips, so you can
enjoy your beautiful tree while keeping you and your family safe this
Picking & Placing
Christmas tree needles are a hassle to clean up, but did you know they
can also pose as a fire hazard? Needles fall off trees when they’re
old, and they happen to be more flammable as they decay. This creates
an unsafe environment around the base of your tree, meaning that any potential
fire won’t have to spread as far. Pick a tree with plenty of fresh
When it’s time to place your tree, you need to do some preparation
first. Cut two inches from the base of the trunk to give the tree a flat
bottom before you put it in the stand. Orient the stand at least three
feet away from heat sources like candles, lights, radiators or fireplaces.
Don’t block any exists with your tree, and make sure you keep it
freshly watered every day.
Lighting the Tree
When you buy lights for your tree, make sure they’ve been tested
in a laboratory. Some lights only work well when used indoors or outdoors,
not both. Look for broken cords and bulb connections that aren’t
attached properly. These need to be replaced before you run power to your lights.
Candles make for beautiful decorations on your mantle and terrible decorations
for your tree. Don’t ever use lit candles as tree decorations as
that little flame could easily turn into a blazing inferno. Remember that
Christmas tree fires aren’t all that common, but when they do happen,
they are very serious and can do massive damage. Just to be doubly safe,
turn off your Christmas tree lights before you go to bed or leave the house.
Disposing of the Tree
As your tree gets older, it becomes more and more flammable. The needles
will stay green through the holiday season, but the unnoticeable decay
can make your tree more flammable. In fact, 40 percent of Christmas tree
fires occur in January which is more than any other month. Make sure you
get them out of your home before they become too dry.
A lot of communities have recycling programs for trees, so you can put
your old tree to good use. If you do decide to throw it away, however,
get it wet first to deter any potential fires that could occur. Remember
that putting the old tree in your garage isn’t good enough. It needs
to be a considerable distance away from your house for safe disposal.
California Personal Injury Lawyer
If you adhere to these Christmas tree safety tips, you’re much more
likely to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Should you or a family
member get injured in an unfortunate tree fire, however, you need an experienced
personal injury lawyer to help you take the next steps.
The expert attorneys at Dunnion Law Firm can help with your case this
holiday season just as they’ve helped so many other victims over
the past 40 years.
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