It’s definitely looking more and more like Christmas everywhere I turn.  Lights are being strung along roof lines, wreaths are being hung on exterior windows and Christmas trees are appearing in front windows of homes.  Whether you are finished decorating, thinking of adding one more strand of lights around your home, or are headed out this week to pick up your Christmas tree, it is important to remember the following Christmas Tree Fire Safety tips to keep your family and home this holiday season.

Fresh trees:

  • be sure to cut a half-inch from the base of the tree and water the tree daily to keep it as fresh as possible
  • do not overload your tree with light stands–read the manufactures recommendation of how many lights to strand together
  • do not place trees near heat sources
  • take down the tree once the needles start to fall
  • remember to unplug the tree at night and when you leave your home

Artificial trees:

  • most newer artificial trees are made with fire retardant material, but if you’ve been using the same tree for a few years, you may want to think about investing in a new one this season
  • pre-lit trees are more prone to fires as the pre-stranded lights can become frayed or worn as the trees are assembled and taken apart over the years
  • do not overload your tree with light stands–read the manufactures recommendation of how many lights to strand together
  • keep trees away from heat sources
  • remember to unplug the tree at night and when you leave your home

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season.