Avoid a Christmas Tree Home Fire Disaster This Season
Dazzling lights are some of the most magical sights to see this holiday season, but they can also be dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), your Christmas tree’s twinkling lights may be a fire hazard. While Christmas tree fires are rare, the NFPA warns that these fires are more likely to be serious. Keep your home safe this holiday season with these tree trimming tips.
Prepping Your Tree
Choosing the right Christmas tree is about so much more than the aesthetic. You also need a tree that won’t be a hostile breeding ground for flames. NFPA advises homeowners to choose a tree that is fresh and doesn’t lose its needles when touched. Cut 2” off the trunk, and replenish the base of the tree stand with water each day. Don’t block potential fire exits with the tree, and keep it at least 3 feet from heat sources, such as open flames and heaters.
Decking Your Tree
Whether your string dozens of strands of popcorn across your tree or revel in your novelty ornaments, your tree’s decor can either be jolly or dangerous. The NFPA finds that 1 in 4 Christmas tree home fires is caused by electrical problems, and another 1 in 4 is caused by a heat source’s proximity to the tree. Only use lights that are designed and tested for indoor use, and regularly replace broken or old lights. Finally, always turn off Christmas lights when you go to bed or leave your house. (Pro tip: An outlet with a timer can ensure you never forget to unplug the lights!)
Discarding Your Tree
When the holiday magic wears off, it’s important to not put off discarding your tree. No matter how much you water it, your tree will begin to dry out. A dried tree is like kindling in your home. Discard your tree shortly after Christmas, and do not store it in your garage or shed. Instead, check with your municipality about the proper way to throw it out. Inquire about Marietta’s tree pick-up schedule by calling 770-794-5150.
Don’t let a holiday mishap ruin your celebrations. Visit NFPA.org to learn more about holiday fire safety.