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Christmas Tree Safety

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

File - (Tom Sofield)

The National Fire Protection Association urges you to follow the tips listed below to make sure you have a safe holiday season.

Placing the tree:

  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Ensure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily if you have a real tree.

Lighting the tree:

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing lab.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas:

  • Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles.
  • Dried-out trees are dangerous and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
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