The holidays are the perfect time to fill your life, and your home, with Christmas joy – lights, family and friends, cookies, and a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in your living room.
With Christmas trees comes the risk of a fire hazard though, so make sure to take the necessary precautions!
Keep your holidays magical and your home and family safe with these Christmas tree safety tips.
Keep It Fresh
A dry tree is a dangerous tree, so do everything you can to make sure your tree is fresh from the time you first pick it out on the lot. A tree that was recently cut retains water better, so look for a tree with green needles that don’t fall off easily when they are touched.
Once you get your tree home, water it regularly to prevent it from becoming a fire hazard.
Hold It Steady
Cut about 2 inches off of the tree trunk before placing it in the stand. Also, make sure the stand is steady enough to hold the tree upright around kids and pets (especially those mischievous cats who love to climb trees!).
Turn Out The Lights
Check your cords before you string them to make sure they aren’t damaged or frayed. Use low energy lights rated for indoor use (LED lights are great) and always turn off the lights before you go to bed at night or when you leave the house (a lighting automation system is a great way to set a timer for your lights so you don’t have to worry about remembering to shut them off!).
Give It Breathing Room
Living rooms that are elaborately decorated for Christmas can be breathtakingly beautiful, but make sure you give your tree plenty of space (at least 3 feet) between your fireplace, candles, radiators, heat vents, and other sources of heat.
If you pay attention to these simple safety tips, you can keep your holidays merry and bright while keeping your home and family safe.