Christmas tree safety tips | Home & Garden
While decorating your home for the holidays, it's good idea to assess your decorations to make sure they don't create a safety hazard.
Alabama State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk says that while Christmas tree fires are uncommon, they are more likely to be serious when they occur.
The State Fire Marshal's Office offers the following tips on Christmas tree safety:
Picking the tree
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Placing the tree
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut two inches from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, heaters candles or hot lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand daily.
Lighting the tree
- Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are intended only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
- Never use lit candles near or to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed
For more holiday and winter safety tips visit www.firemarshal.alabama.gov.