Follow these decorating tips to decorate your home safely:
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand daily.
- Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights may be only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands you may safely connect.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. Two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles.
- Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
- Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
Fire prevention continues after the holidays. Bring in outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer, and be sure to get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.
For extensive home safety tips, visit the National Fire Safety Council website by following the link below.