Christmas tree-related fires are too often a sad part of holiday news coverage.
Here are some sobering statistics and Christmas tree safety tips:
When You Get Your Evergreen Home
- After cutting down your tree, don’t let the cut surface of the trunk be exposed to air for more than 3-6 hours. The tree stays healthy longer and is safer for use in your home.
- Trim 2″ off bottom of the trunk to remove the sappy seal.
- Use warm water in tree base. You don’t need anything else but water.
- Protect your tree from heat when setting it up. It will dry rapidly near a fireplace, heat register or sunny window.
- Air is dry during the heating season. You may want to use a room humidifier. (There is static electricity in the air if its dry.)
How You Decorate Your Tree is Important
- Only use safety-approved decorative light sets.
- Do not go historical – NEVER use candles on a tree.
- Inspect all electrical lights and extension cords. Replace units that have cracks in the insulation and exposed wires.
- Don’t overload wall outlets with tangles of electrical cords.
Check Your Tree Often
- The tree trunk should always be immersed in water. If it dries out it will get another sappy seal that should be removed so the tree can drink water.
- Test freshness by bending needles. They shouldn’t break or be brown or brittle.
- Twist the needles. Dry needles will detach easily.
- If there are needles on the floor, it means the tree is too dry to display indoors & can be a fire hazard.
Signs of dryness are the signal to remove the tree promptly.