Web site: U.S. Fire Administration
Put Christmas tree safety on top of your list!
To help prevent Christmas tree fires, take the pledge to follow these simple instructions:
• When you purchase a live tree, make sure it is fresh. Needles should be green and springy to the touch.
• Cut 1 to 2 inches off the bottom of the trunk before placing the tree in the stand. A fresh cut allows the tree to absorb water. Place the tree in water right away.
• Fill the tree stand with water every day.
• Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like floor vents, fireplaces, radiator, candles or lamps.
• Make sure your tree is not blocking an exit.
• Always turn the tree lights off or unplug them before going to bed or leaving your home.
• Use lights that are approved by a national testing organization like UL.
• Replace lights that have worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
• Follow manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands you can safely connect. Make sure you are using the right lights for indoors or outdoors.
• Remove your tree immediately after the holidays even if you think it is not dry.
Material excerpted from: Too many times each year, this scene ends in tragedy.
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