Christmas trees are an essential party of celebrating the holiday season for many people. If you celebrate this holiday each year, then you should be aware of the risks associated with buying a real Christmas tree. Unlike an artificial tree, real Christmas trees can catch on fire if they are not used correctly. You could reduce the chances of a Christmas tree fire by using the following tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
- Keep your Christmas tree fresh: Dry Christmas trees can catch on fire when they are exposed to excess heat. In fact, the NFPA recently published a video showing how quickly a dry Christmas tree can burn down a house. While the CPSC recommends filling the stand with water, you should be cautious while using lights. Consider using lights that are battery operated instead of ones that need to be plugged in.
- Be careful with lights: Light strands with tears or exposed wires are not safe to use. The NFPA recommends turning off Christmas tree lights before going to bed and if you are away from home. Never use lit candles on an artificial or real Christmas tree.
- Be careful placing the tree: Avoid placing the tree next to objects that generate heat. For example, never place a Christmas tree near a space heater. You should also keep trees and wires away from candles or heat vents.
- Choose a fresh tree: When you are Christmas tree shopping, you should choose a tree that has green, fresh needles that do not fall off when touched. You should not be able to pick a needle off the tree and crush it between your fingers. Fresh needles will not break.
- Avoid flammable ornaments: Some ornaments may be made of flammable materials. Glass or porcelain ornaments may be a safer choice.
Christmas tree fires are rare, but they do occur every year. The NFPA claims that on average it responds to 200 Christmas tree fires annually. Fires can spread quickly and without warning. It takes preparation to ensure you and your family can enjoy a safe holiday season. For future updates on holiday safety topics, continue following the North Carolina personal injury lawyers at Riddle & Brantley, LLP.
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