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The Christmas Tree Debate: Real vs. Fake? Plus Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Posted Nov 29th, 2017 in General, Insurance Tips, Auto Insurance, Did You Know?, In the News

Tis the season for holiday decorating, to which, the Christmas tree is typically the centerpiece. Throughout the years many have debated the superiority of a real tree vs. a fake tree. In an effort to even the playing field we wanted to share some Christmas tree safety tips.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips, Youngs Insurance, Ontario

Decorating a Christmas tree is a big part of many families’ traditions.  Year after year, we pull the ornaments and untangle the lights to get ready for the holidays!  With all the seasonal cheer, it’s easy to get caught up and forget that Christmas trees can cause serious issues if not properly maintained.  Stay safe this holiday season with our Christmas tree safety tips.

Be picky when you pick your tree.

If you prefer a real tree for your home, choose one with fresh green needles that do not easily fall off when touched. Examine the tree’s bark to ensure there aren’t any pests or other insects and always measure the tree to ensure it fits into your home!

Setting up your Christmas tree - Location, Location, Location.

The set up for your Christmas tree is essential, make sure you…

  • Cut 2” from the base of the trunk to ensure maximum hydration.
  • Make sure the tree is placed at least 3 feet away from any heat source (i.e. fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or light fixtures).
  • Secure the tree well and make sure it isn’t blocking any exits.

And then there was light….

One of the leading causes of fires at Christmas is caused by the faulty wiring of Christmas tree lights.  Make sure the lights you use are for indoor use only and never overload your outlets.  And for the NEVER EVER LIST…

  1. Never leave your tree lit when you leave the house or go to bed, and;
  2. Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.

Water for the Win!

Dried-out trees are a major fire hazard, so it’s imperative you keep your tree hydrated, which means continuing to water it over the holidays. After Christmas, get rid of your tree, but make sure you don’t leave it in your home or garage. 

The Christmas Tree Debate: Real vs. Fake?

A common myth is that artificial trees are safer.  However, since most holiday fires are started by overloaded electrical outlets, both types of trees have an equal chance of catching fire.   

We hope our tips have helped you and we hope you have a safe holiday season!

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