We’re a week into December now, so it’s likely most homes have a Christmas tree or two up as part of their holiday decorating. It’s estimated that 160 homes per year have a house fire that starts with a Christmas tree. No one wants to experience the loss of a fire. Especially around the holidays. So what are the best ways to prevent this from happening?
Keep It Watered
If you use a real Christmas tree, it’s important that you keep it well watered. It doesn’t take long for a pine tree to dry out. Especially in a heated home during December. Dry pine needles burn extremely quickly and very hot. Keeping your tree watered will help prevent the tree from igniting even if something sparks a fire.
Never leave your lights on overnight. If a faulty wire does start a fire, it’s less likely that you’ll catch it in time if you’re alseep. There is also a great danger in carbon monoxide poisoning leading to an inability to escape a house fire. It’s best to only use the lights while you’re present at home and awake to enjoy them.
Do lights cause the fires?
While Christmas lights do not get warm enough to start a fire, even on dry needles, the wires carrying an electical charge can cause a fire. It’s important to glance over your wires often. Especially if you have pets in your home. Christmas trees are attractive and pets are curious. They may use their teeth or claws to investigate and play with the tree at any time while you’re not looking. If they expose a wire, it can cause a fire hazard.
Keep presents from touching wires
Keep your presents away from the wires. Wrapping paper is also quickly combustable. If a spark catches wrapping paper or cardboard on fire, it will burn rapidly.
Say NO to candles
Even though they may be pretty, never use candles on your Christmas tree. They are extremely dangers and are much safer used in other areas of the home to enjoy the glow.
Hopefully these tips are just a quick reminder of the safest ways to enjoy your Christmas tree this year. We want to wish you a happy and safe holiday season. May your December be full of joy and wonderful memories.