Christmas trees are popping up all over America. While some of us choose to 'fake-it', many homes will get a real tree to celebrate the holiday. When you choose to have a real tree in your home, it's helpful to know what risks are involved.
Christmas trees result in $13 million in property damage each year according to the American Christmas Tree Association. When you combine folks running their heat higher in the winter, forced hot air can cause your tree to dry out quickly. Most trees are wrapped with lights, so if there is an electrical malfunction, this can be a dangerous combination.
To avoid the worst-case scenario, we put together some tips and tricks to keep in mind when bringing a live Christmas tree into your home:
Set up your tree in a place in your home that’s free of heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, or heat vents. Always keep plenty of water in the tree base to keep the tree vibrant and prevent dryness.
Keep all holiday candles away from your Christmas tree and turn the tree lights off each night.
Make sure all damaged bulbs are removed and replaced on your tree lights. Also, make sure any lights you use outdoors are labeled "suitable for exterior placement."
A fresh tree is less likely to catch fire, so select a tree with green needles that are hard to pluck from the branches. Shedding needles are a bad sign.
If your tree starts dropping a mess of needles on your floors, that's a sure sign that it’s time to say goodbye to your lovely tree. Before this happens though, we hope you’re able to enjoy a full holiday season with your Christmas tree safely in your home by following these simple rules.
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