The holidays are a joyous time to be at home with family and friends. If you celebrate Christmas, you may enjoy decorating a tree on your own or with your loved ones. However, it’s important to be mindful of safety with a real tree in your home. Consider the following tips.
Find a fresh tree. A fresh Christmas tree with bright green needles is less likely to catch fire. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles before you bring it home.
Light it right. Not all holiday lights are built the same. Before purchasing lights or stringing your tree, check the box to make sure all your Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA. If a string of lights is damaged, toss it out.
Safe setting. Of course, to avoid a fire, set your tree in a safe spot away from radiators, candles, fireplaces, vents or lights. Always keep the tree base filled with water to keep your tree healthy and a fire at bay.
Don’t over-decorate. While it can be tempting to load your tree with every decoration, an overloaded tree is more likely to come crashing down. Decorate lightly if possible, especially if you have small children or playful pets in the house.
Power down at night. Even though it can seem appealing to leave your tree lights on all night, power them down when you turn in for the night to ensure safety.
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|Christina Tompkins Wright
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hometown, REALTORS