Holiday lights and trees are so festive, it’s no wonder that around the globe people decorate their homes every year to bring the Christmas season to life. Sometimes whole neighborhoods decorate homes as local attractions. While Christmas trees and outdoor lights are integral parts of decorating for the holidays, safety is always a concern and something that should be in mind at all times while decorating.
Here are some things to remember:
Christmas trees are beautiful to look at, have that wonderful aroma that permeates the house, and lend a festive atmosphere in the home. But if not properly taken care of and set up correctly, they could pose a dangerous fire hazard.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the statistics are alarming:
From 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 200 home1structure fires per year that began with Christmas trees.
Christmas tree fires caused an annual average of $14.8 million in direct property damage.
Four of every five Christmas tree fires occurred in December or January.
In one-quarter (26%) of the Christmas tree fires, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.
With proper planning and common sense, Christmas tree fires can easily be avoided. Here are some tips to remember when bringing home fresh cut trees:
When choosing a tree, look for one that is fresh and with needles that don’t fall off easily.
Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
It is important to remember that your holiday lights need to be used safely as well. The lights you use to decorate your tree or your house need to be in good shape:
Make sure there are no frayed ends or wires showing.
Make sure the lights are specifically meant for either indoor or outdoor use.
Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect.
Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
We at Dry Master Restorations hope all our friends, family and customers enjoy a happy, healthy and SAFE holiday season!
And remember, we are here to help… Anytime.