Why Your Christmas Tree Might Be a Fire Hazard
The holidays can be a somewhat dangerous time. Did you know that emergency rooms typically treat an estimated 14,000 holiday decorating related injuries, an average of about 240 injuries per day in November and December? These injuries ranged anywhere from falling off ladders while hanging lights to lacerations from broken glass in ornaments. A strong number of these cases are often Christmas tree related incidents. Here are some ways you can avoid Christmas tree accidents this winter:
Ensure that your live tree is fresh and that the needles are hard to pull of the branches. This indicates that your tree is fresh and not dried out. Another indicator is the tree trunk itself. The trunk should be sticky and if you tap the tree on the ground, only a few needles should fall off.
Keep your tree away from any heat source in your home. This includes fireplaces, vents, radiators, and space heaters.
Be sure to check the water level daily. Check the water level in your tree stand and make sure your tree is fresh. A heated room can quickly dry out a tree, making it a dangerous fire hazard.
Inspect your lights and ornaments before putting them on your tree and plugging them in. Check for any frayed wires or broken or missing lights.
SERVPRO of Edgewater wants you and your family to safe this upcoming holiday season. Avoid any incidents involving your Christmas tree this winter by using these tips!