Christmas Tree Safety


Here are some Christmas Tree Safety Tips

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When choosing a cut tree, look for freshness. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. The needles should be difficult to pull from the branches and should not break when bent between your fingers. When you bounce the tree trunk on the floor, a shower of needles should not fall. If they do, that shows that the tree is dry and potentially a fire hazard.

Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited. Make sure you keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.

When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. Never put tree branches or needles on a fireplace or wood burning stove. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.

If you are using an artificial Christmas tree, make sure it is flame retardant. All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant.

Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. Damaged insulation in lighting on a metallic tree could cause the entire tree to be charged with electricity.