Christmas Tree Safety Tips
Tuesday December 3, 2019
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency offers these few tips on keeping you and your family safe during the holiday season when it comes to your tree.
The holiday season is here! Christmas trees will be popping up in windows everywhere, lights will be strung and people will be feeling the holiday spirt. Though some people might argue that it’s the most wonderful time of the year, there are a few things to keep in mind when decorating. “Although Christmas tree fires are not very common, they still happen, and there are ways to prevent it,” says Jim Cook, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at the local health department. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency offers these few tips on keeping you and your family safe during the holiday season when it comes to your tree.
Picking the tree
Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Placing the tree
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.
Lighting the tree
Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only or indoor or outdoor use.
Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read 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.
Get rid of the tree after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.