Deck the Halls and Trim Your Christmas Tree…But Also Help Keep it Fire-SafeBy Home Security Source Dec 11, 2009 | 10:20:00 amPosted in: DIY Safety, Fire Prevention, Home
The National Fire Protection Association reports that home fires peak in December and January and on average, one out of every 18 home fires started by a Christmas tree results in death.
These statistics are frightening, but there are steps you can take to help prevent Christmas tree fires in your home. These important Christmas tree fire safety tips should help keep your tree looking festive and your family safe this holiday season.
Watch water levels:
- In order to protect your home from fire, check and water your tree often. If ignited, a dry tree can become engulfed in flames in a matter of seconds. Properly watering a tree is not only important to keeping it looking beautiful and healthy, but also safe and fire resistant.
Electric lights on metal trees equal fire danger:
- Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. Metallic trees can be easily charged with electricity if the lights are faulty.
Fire and firs don’t mix:
- Never place lighted candles on or near your Christmas tree and keep your tree away from heat sources such as space heaters, fireplaces, televisions and electrical outlets.
Make it a routine:
- Unplug the lights every night before going to bed and be sure to use only approved, indoor lights in good, working order.
- Use nylon cord or wire to secure your tree to a wall or to the ceiling to prevent it from tipping over and potentially causing fire or injury.
The four-week rule:
- For complete fire safety during the holiday season, dispose of Christmas trees after four weeks. Even well watered trees eventually become fire hazards.
Follow our Christmas tree fire safety tips to protect your home from fire!
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