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Top Christmas-Tree Safety


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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