A common image that comes to mind this holiday season is that of a Christmas tree adorned with ornaments and surrounded by presents. Unfortunately Christmas trees are the 3rd leading cause of home fires during this holiday season. The leading cause of Christmas tree fires was electrical shorts from lights, cords and plugs. It doesn't take long for a tree to go up in flames. Check out this video!
Christmas tree fires are easy to prevent by observing a few simply rules.
If you choose an artificial tree, make sure that it has a fire-retardant rating.
No matter what type of tree you get make !sure it has a wide sturdy base so that it will not easily tip over.
Live trees should be kept as moist as possible; never buy a tree that is already dropping needles, as this is a sign that it is seriously dried out. Dispose of a live tree as soon as it starts dropping needles. A dried tree is highly flammable and should not be kept indoors or be placed nest to the house.
Never use candles to decorate any type of Christmas tree.
Use lights that are made for indoor use. Check the lights for damage or frayed cords.
Unplug the lights when going to bed or leaving the house.
The presents under the tree add to the combustibility of the tree so any heat sources, including smoking materials should be kept at least 3 feet away.
By taking the time to learn and use Christmas trees safely, you can insure that the tree can be the centerpiece of your holiday decorating instead of the point of origin for a tragic fire. For more information on Christmas tree safety you can call the Liberty Fire Department at 816-439-4310.