In the United States, fire departments respond to an average of 230 home fires that state with Christmas trees each year per the National Fire Protection Association. With the holiday season fast approaching, please keep the following in mind while getting into the Christmas spirit:
- Pick a tree with fresh green needles that do not fall off when touched.
- Cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk before placing the tree in the stand. This will allow the tree to absorb water more readily to keep from drying out.
- Be sure you add water to the tree stand daily.
- When placing a tree in your home:
- Keep it at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. Nearly one in every four Christmas tree fires is caused by a tree being placed too close to a heat source.
- Make sure it does not block an exit.
- Use lights listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
- Be sure you are using indoor light indoors and outdoor lights outdoors.
- Examine Christmas lights for worn, broken cords or loose bulb connections. Almost one of every three home Christmas tree fires are cause by electrical issues.
- Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the maximum number of light strands you can connect.
- NEVER use lit candles to decorate a tree.
- ALWAYS turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- At the end of Christmas season, do not leave a dried-out Christmas tree in your home, garage, or leaning on your house outside. New Hanover County has an Annual Christmas Tree Collection Program for residents to drop-off Christmas trees at no charge. For dates and drop-off locations, visit the New Hanover County: Communication and Outreach website for details: http://news.nhcgov.com.
Bryant Real Estate hopes you enjoy the holiday season!