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Christmas tree safety tips

Christmas tree safety tips

As you deck the halls this holiday season, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is providing some tips to be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. According to the NFPA, almost one-third of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, they are more likely to be serious when they do occur. A heat source too close to the tree causes more than one in every five of the fires. When picking a tree, choose one with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Before placing the tree in the stand, cut two inches from the base of the trunk, and make sure that the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. Also make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. Add water to the stand, and be sure to add water daily. Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory when lighting the tree. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use. Replace any strings of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect. Never use lit candles to decorate the tree, and always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed. Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage or placed outside against the home. Also bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer. Original Article

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