As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grown large very quickly.
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 inches 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 a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect.
Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. 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.
Information produced by: National Fire Protection Association
Published by RAM's Member Services Department (RAM Flashpoints |December 2019)