Most people wait eagerly for the Christmas season to arrive so that they can decorate their home and plan a festive holiday gathering. If you’re the type of person that wants to fill their Christmas holiday with as much fun and beauty as possible, then it’s likely you plan on setting up a tree in your home, making it a good idea to learn about a few of the most effective Christmas tree safety tips.
If handled improperly, a Christmas tree can easily cause a dangerous, possibly deadly house fire. Fortunately, safely setting up and decorating your tree is easy when you have the right plan. Decorate your home while following these Christmas tree safety tips and you’ll be able to enjoy a holiday without the risk of a serious house fire.
Selecting the Perfect Tree
The process of making sure your Christmas tree as safe as possible begins when you go to purchase your tree from your favorite local light. Once you know what to look for, you’ll easily be able to choose a tree that looks beautiful and has a low risk of going up in flames.
Your goal should be to pick the freshest tree possible. To find a fresh tree, you should look for needles that are a dark, rich green color and that do not fall off the tree when you touch them. If the needles of a tree are already starting to brown, or if they are falling off in large numbers, you should not purchase that tree.
Safe Decorations and Tree Location
When you bring your tree home, you want to choose the perfect location that will maximize its beauty. However, you also need to be sure that you’re choosing a safe spot. Avoid placing your Christmas tree near an exit in case there is an emergency where you need to quickly leave your home. To decrease your risks for a fire, you should make sure your tree is a safe distance from electrical outlets, heating vents, and if your home has one, the fireplace.
Lights are a popular choice for Christmas tree decorations, and if you want to string lights on your tree, then you should choose a brand that has been independently tested and designed for indoor use. If you find a string with burned out bulbs or a damaged cord, throw it away instead of hanging it on your tree.
Don’t Store Your Tree
Taking down your holiday decorations can sometimes be depressing, but if you want to keep your family safe, you should remove your tree almost as soon as Christmas has ended. When a tree is allowed to age and dry out, it is much more likely to catch fire, which is why it should be removed from your home as soon as possible.
While it can be convenient, don’t store your tree in your garage, as this can still be a fire threat. Instead, dispose of your tree at a city-approved location.
Responding to Christmas Injuries
There’s nothing more frustrating than suffering an injury over the Christmas holiday, particularly when that injury has been caused by another person. If you’re thinking about filing a personal injury suit, you need advice from Lewis & Keller.