Safe Holiday Decorating: Trees

Holiday TreeThe last thing anyone wants during the holidays is a house fire. But, sadly enough, something as simple as the improper use and maintenance of holiday decorations can lead to fire, injury and death. In fact, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treat an estimated 12,500 people each year for falls, cuts, shocks and burns related to holiday decorations. Avoid becoming a statistic. Follow these smart decorating safety tips to help keep your holidays merry, bright and safe.

Trees

• If you celebrate the season with a Christmas tree, whether live or artificial, keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, heat vents and space heaters.

• Locate the tree out of high-traffic areas and doorways.

• When purchasing a live tree, look for one that has green needles and a sticky trunk. Fresh trees are
  more fire resistant. Keep cut trees watered and fresh.

• Artificial trees should be fire resistant and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved.

• When trimming the tree, consider using only non-flammable decorations.

• Dispose of your live tree as soon as it has become dry. When disposing of your tree, never put
  branches or needles into the fireplace — they are highly combustible.

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