Ten Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Keep your holidays happy by making sure your Christmas tree isn’t posing any hazards to your family.

| November 2018

  • When decorating your tree for the holidays, make sure you are keeping your home and family safe from a fire hazard.
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  • Save time, money, and sanity this holiday season with over 600 festive tips for all your Christmas activities.
    Cover courtesy of Adams Media

Ten Christmas Tree Safety Tips

  1. Buy fresh. The fresher and healthier the tree, the less likely it is to be a fire hazard.
  2. Keep it hydrated. Making sure your tree stand always has water will make your tree less flammable.
  3. Always have a fire extinguisher nearby, and make sure everyone in the house knows how to use it.
  4. If you have an artificial tree with a metal base, don’t use electric lights. The metal can act as a conductor and lead to electrocution.
  5. Water your tree daily. The drier the branches, the more flammable your tree becomes.
  6. Don’t plug too many strings of lights into one extension cord.
  7. Watch where you’re stringing your lights to prevent any tripping hazards.
  8. Never leave your lights on overnight. You can get a timed outlet to make sure this doesn’t happen.
  9. Using low-energy lights will not only benefit your electric bill but are also proven to be safer.
  10. Never use any lights that look damaged or frayed, and certainly never try to fix old ones yourself.

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Excerpted from Holiday Hacks by Keith Bradford. Copyright © 2018 Adams Media, a division of Simon and Schuster. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Interior design by Katrina Machado.

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