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Fire Safety Tips for Your Real Christmas Tree - video

Craig Routzahn

Thu, 10 Dec 2020 07:19:49 EST

 



     With people having more of their normal lives disrupted this year, many may be looking at a real Christmas tree this year in a move to remember Christmas from their childhool. The American Christmas Tree Association has so tips to make this year a good memory as well. The remind people to take precutions and keep an eye on the status of their tree through the season.
    Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars, annually, in property damage. More importantly, these fires present real risk towards family and friends. When showcasing a live tree in your home, the combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination.

But if your holiday is just not complete without a live tree, follow these safety precautions to keep threats at bay:

    Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don't break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn't be shedding its needles readily.
    Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
    Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights.
    Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
    Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and decor.
    Bedtime means lights off! Don't forget to turn your Christmas Tree lights off each night.

   When your tree begins to drop its needles, it's time to say goodbye to your evergreen foliage until next year. So this year, follow our guidelines to avoid being another statistic in the National Fire Protection Association or United States Fire Administration report during the upcoming holiday season. A video on how fast a tree can burn from the Consumer Protection Agency can be found in the writtens tory on thumb net dot net.



 

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