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Christmas Tree Safety


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Christmas Tree Safety

This week we share tips on choosing/decorating your Christmas Tree from the city of Columbus, IN. Be sure to visit their site and read the full article!

For Fresh Trees:

-The fresher, the better. Buy the freshest tree possible, harvesting your own if available.

– Green & strong. Make sure the needles are bright green and do not come off the tree easily.

– Keep it watered. Water your tree every day to make sure it does not dry out. Do research on additives to keep your tree longer, stay away from “old wives’ tales” of additives to use as they may be harmful to the tree or to others.


For Artificial Trees:

– Rated for Safety. Make sure the tree is UL-Listed or the manufacturer certifies that the tree is flame-retardant/resistant.

– Check the Wires. If using a pre-lit tree, check the wiring to make sure there are no exposed wires and they do not get hot. Check the bulbs/sockets and replace as necessary


Decorating & Placement of Your Tree:

– Keep away from heat. Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source.

– Watch the placement. Check that the tree placement is not blocking an exit or in an area that could be potentially hazardous.

– Use proper lighting. Check the label and make sure you are using indoor or indoor/outdoor rated lighting. Don’t use “vintage” lights as they do not have the safety features of modern lights and could pose a fire hazard.


Visit the article at the Columbus, IN website for more tips on choosing & decorating your Christmas tree!


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