Christmas is definitely in the air and all around town.  This past weekend, I started putting out my decorations along with a lot of my neighbors and saw countless numbers of Christmas trees strapped to the tops of cars driving down the road.  As we deck the halls in preparation for this holiday season, let’s all keep in mind the following Christmas tree safety tips from NFPA so we can all have a safe Holiday!

  • When selecting your fresh tree, make sure the needles are green and do not fall off when touched
  • Cut 2” from the base of the trunk before setting the tree in the stand
  • Place the tree at least 3’ away from any heat source (including vents) as heat will cause the tree to dry out
  • Add water daily to the tree stand
  • Make sure your lights are labeled for indoor use
  • Never string more than three strands of mini string sets together
  • Always turn off your Christmas tree lights before going to bed or leaving home

Last year, PHC Restoration repaired a home that was severely damaged as a result of a Christmas tree fire.  Although Christmas tree fires are not common, they can be serious when they do occur.  Please take a few minutes to look at your tree and lights to help protect your home and family from the threat of fire.