The countdown until Christmas is on, and most people are busy decorating for the holiday. Of course, this means putting up the beloved Christmas tree. With the shiny ornaments, colorful lights, and beautiful bows, it’s hard to imagine the season without it.
Besides making sure your tree is beautifully decorated, you need to be sure that it is also safe. Christmas trees can become a fire hazard if not taken care of properly. Sadly, Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars of property damage every year. This is something that can be prevented if a few safety precautions are taken.
- If you have a live tree, keep the base of your tree immersed in water. Make sure to keep your tree moist all the time. A tree with dry needles is more likely to ignite.
- Keep your tree away from heat. Do not place your tree next to fireplaces, heaters, candles, heat vents, etc.
- Inspect all lights for frayed wires, cracked or missing bulbs. Check your lights, only use lights that are UL approved (Underwriters Laboratories).
- Make sure to unplug all lights when going to bed or away from the home.
- Do not place any sharp, heavy, or breakable ornaments near the lower part of the tree where pets or little children can get ahold of them.
- Artificial snow sprays can be done without. They can cause allergies and irritation to the lungs when inhaled.
- Use a step stool or ladder when decorating those hard to reach places to prevent falls.
Keeping these tips in mind will help ensure you and your family will have a safe, happy, holiday! Remember that ServiceMaster Restoration is here for you should you need us. We offer a 24/7 emergency response center if you experience any type of disaster this holiday. We specialize in fire damage restoration with over 60 years of experience. Call us today at 704-324-8528