We hope that you are enjoying this holiday season thus far! We certainly have been busy here at Kennedy Restoration, but that has done nothing to dampen our holiday spirits! Christmas trees are a lovely holiday tradition, but as you know, they can potentially pose a fire risk to your house hold. When selecting, placing and decorating a tree, make sure you keep these tips in mind to protect your home from damage:
- Fake trees can pose a fire hazard every bit as much as a tree you cut down yourself! If you have a fake tree, make sure it contains fire retardant materials. Turn off lights when unattended and at night just as you would for any other tree.
- When establishing where to place your lovely tree, make sure it is at least 3 feet away from any heat source such as a heat vent or fire place.
- When selecting your tree, look for one that is lush and green, not sparse and tinted with brown needles. Your tree should never be dry as this creates a perfect environment for a fire to start.
- Use lights that specify they are for indoor use only; the packaging will indicate if they are for indoor or outdoor use. Make sure your lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety.
- Use no more than 3 strands per outlet as this can present a potential fire hazard. When unpacking your holiday decorations, inspect your lights carefully to make sure they are not broken, frayed or in any way damaged. Don’t forget to unplug your lights at night!
- Water your tree daily and make sure you don’t bring one home too early, causing it to dry out before the holiday! A dry tree can be very dangerous as it can catch much more quickly than a well hydrated tree
Have a happy and safe holiday season! Here is a photo of our lovely, well hydrated tree!