Tis the season for festive décor and the perfect centerpiece, a beautiful Christmas tree. Since Christmas is in full swing, we thought it would be helpful to share the safety risks associated with having a Christmas tree.
Whether it’s the massive and beautifully decorated Christmas tree in Rockefeller Square or the Christmas tree from your childhood with an array of mismatched ornaments and colorful lights they both represent the magic of the Christmas season.
When we think of Christmas tree safety, we automatically think of natural Christmas trees and the risk of fire. Unfortunately, there are other potential risks you need to know about when it comes to installing your Christmas tree. We’ve outlined some preventative measures that will help!
The Basics of Christmas Tree Safety
Preventing a falling Christmas TreeWhether real or artificial it is important to make sure that your Christmas tree is properly secured. If the tree falls it can damage property and more importantly injure family, guests, and pets. Always remember to put safety first!
- Use a tree cradle that is large enough and allows you to screw it directly into the base of the tree
- Let the tree sit overnight before decorating it, so it can settle into position
- Place your tree in a low traffic area, that way it won’t be bumped into repeatedly
Preventing a Christmas Tree Fire
We’ve all seen National Lampoons Christmas Vacation…
The number one concern when it comes to a Christmas tree is the threat of fire. Placing a Christmas tree (especially a dry one) too close to a heat source and/or faulty Christmas lights are the two most common causes of tree fires, AND this goes for both natural and artificial trees!
- Make sure your artificial tree is certified fire retardant
- If using a real tree make sure it’s fresh, which means the needles should not fall off when you touch them
- Choose lights that are labeled “fire safe,” in good condition and turn them off when you’re not present
- A 6-foot natural tree needs 1 gallon of water every two days...KEEP THAT TREE HYDRATED!
Your best defense for Christmas tree safety is to exercise caution! From everyone at Youngs Insurance Brokers, we hope you have a safe and magical Holiday Season!
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