Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips
A house fire is the last thing you want to happen during the holidays. Unfortunately, the addition of Christmas trees and various lighting elements can pose an additional risk this time of the year. It’s important to take proper safety precautions and preventative measures to ensure your home is safe this holiday season. Here are a few helpful tips.
Keep your tree away from heat sources. Trees are very flammable - especially when they haven’t been regularly watered. They should be kept far away from any heat sources in your home. This includes fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, and candles. If your Christmas tree become overheated at any time, it can easily catch fire.
Choose your lighting carefully. When putting lights on your tree, it’s important to make sure they’re intended for indoor use. If you notice any broken lights, frayed cords, or anything that looks potentially dangerous, it could be a serious fire hazard. It’s best to throw away any string lights that look questionable, and purchase a new indoor specific set.
Keep your tree watered. Real trees can quickly become dehydrated when they’re moved inside. It’s important to regularly water your tree or it can dry out, becoming a serious fire hazard. You may even want to consider adding a humidifier to provide extra moisture. If the needles are falling off the tree, it’s a sign that it’s not getting enough water.
We hope you have a great time decorating your Christmas tree, and wish you a safe and happy holiday!