Only You Can Prevent Christmas Tree Fires
Not to sound like Smokey the Bear, but take a look at this Christmas tree fire video:
If you've got a real tree (and the National Christmas Tree Association hopes you do), you're going to need to take a few precautions to avoid a fire. Fire is bad. Fire destroying your home is worse. Fire destroying your home and your Christmas presents? A tragedy.
So, how do you prevent a Christmas tree fire?
The National Institute of Standards and Technology suggests that you maintain a wet tree, as they're less likely to ignite. But how do you keep a semi-dead tree wet? Water it, of course!
Choose the freshest tree and then place it in a tree stand that holds a sizable amount of water. Fill it up daily and remember to fill it even after the holidays. After all, the longer the tree sits, the dryer it gets.
Even if you remember to water your tree, you should also do the following:
- Check lighting strands for defects and kinks
- Use LED lights--they're less flammable
- Use lights labeled for indoor use
- Avoid an excessive number of extension cords
- Turn off lights when you're asleep or not home
- Keep the tree away from electrical outlets and other heat sources
- Look for flame-resistant decorations
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit
Still afraid of starting a Christmas tree fire? Your best bet would be an artificial tree. Just be sure to grab one that's fire resistant. Even plastic can catch on fire.
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