During the Christmas season, there’s nothing better than setting up your Christmas tree. The perfect tree can add to the festiveness of your home and improve your enjoyment of the season, making it the most important Christmas decoration. However, as you’re probably aware, a Christmas tree can also be a fire hazard, particularly if you choose the wrong tree or decorate incorrectly.
Here are a few Christmas tree safety tips you can follow while buying and decorating your tree so that you can eliminate your risk for a house fire.
Spend Your Money Wisely
Although you may not realize it, the most important thing you can do to lower your risk for a holiday house fire is choosing the right Christmas tree. Before you visit your local lot, it’s a good idea to learn about the characteristics of a safe tree so that you can be sure that you’re spending your money wisely.
While you’re strolling around, examining the available Christmas trees on the lot, you need to pay close attention the needles of the trees. A healthy, fresh Christmas tree will have dark green needles that do not fall off the tree when touch. Needles that are brown or that shake loose without effort indicate an old, dying tree that is a large risk for fire.
Buying a fresh tree with green needles will improve your holiday safety.
Tips for Decorations and Tree Care
If you’re like most people, you want to set up and decorate your tree right after purchase. While this is understandable, it can also cause you to overlook some common safety risks.
While choosing the ideal spot in your home for your tree, you should avoid any location where a fire is possible. Steer clear of areas that are near open flames, such as fireplaces or candles, or locations close to electrical outlets or heating vents. You should also be sure that your tree isn’t blocking an exit.
The lights that you choose for your tree can also have a big impact on its safety. Look for lights that are meant for indoor use and have a label indicating they have been independently tested for their safety. When using an old light string, check for bulbs that have burned out or damaged cords. Either of these issues can cause a fire.
You should also be certain that you are regularly watering your tree. This will prevent dryness, which is one of the leading causes of Christmas tree house fires.
When the Holiday is Over
Although you may want to make Christmas last as long as possible, you should dispose of your tree as soon as Christmas has ended. Keeping your tree in your home for an extended period of time will greatly increase your chances for a fire, particularly if you store your old tree in your garage.
Many cities provide disposal options for Christmas trees, so you should be sure to contact your city when you’re ready to get rid of your tree.
Seek Legal Advice
Even if you’re careful, it’s still possible to suffer a Christmas tree-related injury through no fault of your own. If you’ve been injured and believe you have grounds for a personal injury suit, you should contact the professionals at The Law Offices of Peter N. Davis and Associates, LLC. Our attorneys are familiar with a wide range of personal injuries and can help you after a Christmas injury. Contact us today.