It’s that time of the year again; when homes are festooned with colorful lights, tree ornaments and family mementos, all of them piled upon that beautiful pine Christmas tree. Pine trees are the staple of many homes across America and are the uncontested symbol of Christmas holiday.
Christmas trees can cause home fires, resulting in major home damage. This is because Christmas tree fires are fast acting, consuming the whole room in a matter of seconds as the pine tree usually acts like the firewood on an open flame.
To avoid becoming a statistic and to avoid a Christmas tree fire this holiday season, here are some tips to consider:
Get a fresh tree
Fire safety begins from when you are picking out your tree. Always make sure that you go for the freshest pine tree possible. This is because fresh green needles are difficult to pluck and won’t easily break from the branches. Because the tree sheds less than pine trees that are not as fresh, it is less likely to catch fire.
Always water your tree
To prevent fire, you need to treat your Christmas tree like a houseplant. Always remember that the pine tree is still a tree and that trees dry out when they lack water.
Avoid secondary heat sources
Not only should you water your tree regularly, also make sure to avoid putting your Christmas tree close to secondary heat sources such as radiators, candles, fireplaces, heat vents or lights.
Keep your pet away
Pets have a way of getting underfoot and often get entangled in Christmas lights strung around the Christmas tree. To avoid this and your tree catching fire due to pet mishap, keep your pets away from your Christmas tree. This is the reason why I can’t put up a tree anymore.
Put off the lights
As most Christmas tree fires begin at night, always turn off your Christmas tree lights each night as you go to bed, the same way you turn off your home lights.
Keep your tree from falling over
When trees fall over, there is a greater chance for fire. To prevent fire, make sure your tree is standing straight and is not at a risk of falling over.
If you do have an issue, please make sure you call Savage Restoration for all you mitigation needs.