The Importance of Christmas Tree Safety
There is nothing like incorporating a real tree into your holiday decor to really bring out the Christmas spirit. There is something special about the way it looks and smells that can really set the stage for the festive season. However, beneath all the ornaments and twinkling lights, Christmas trees can quickly become a hazard – not just by falling over, but by causing a house fire.
Christmas Tree Safety Tips
Though uncommon, Christmas tree fires can put you, your family and your property at risk. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips you can follow to make your home a safer place during the holidays:
- Choose a Fresh Tree: One of the simplest ways to reduce a fire hazard is to select the freshest tree over a dryer or cheaper one. Determine the freshness by examining the trunk and needles of your tree. The trunk should have sap and a fresh tree will have needles that are flexible, vibrant green and don’t easily shed from the branches.
- Avoid Placing Trees Near Heat Sources: When choosing where to place your tree in your home, keep it at least 3 feet away from any heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, lights and candles. Also, your tree basin should contain a continuous supply of water and be sturdy enough to withstand the traffic of pets and children.
- Use Proper Lighting: Hang low energy lighting that has been tested and approved by a safety lab. A maximum of 3 strings of light should be plugged into your extension cord. After adjusting your lights, place the extension cord along the base of your walls to prevent a tripping hazard. Additionally, never try to hide these cords by covering them underneath rugs or carpets.
- Turn off the Lights: Keep your Christmas tree lights unplugged overnight or when you are away from home. This is especially important if you have pets who may try to play with the lights and end up getting burned or knocking the entire tree over. If you are afraid of forgetting to turn the lights off, a light-timer device is well worth your investment.
- Dispose of Dry Trees: If you notice that needles are starting to fall from your tree at any point during the holidays, it’s time to get rid of it. Don’t store the tree anywhere on your property, including your garage. As an extra precaution, keep a fire extinguisher nearby and make sure that everybody in your family knows how to use it.
Contact Sabia Landscaping & Tree Service for all Your Landscaping Needs
At Sabia Landscaping & Tree Service, your wellbeing is one of our top priorities, no matter what type of service we are providing. We want all our clients to have a memorable holiday this year but only for the right reasons. While Christmas tree fires are rare, they do occasionally happen. That’s why it is important to take Christmas tree safety seriously, so you can steer clear of this very preventable cause of house fires. Be sure to follow our Christmas tree guidelines for a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Contact our team today to schedule your landscape or hardscape design consultation. Call us at (215) 822-3886 or contact us online.