A decorated holiday tree is the source for approximately 210 home fires each year in the US, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Electrical problems are the cause of one third of those tree fires.
Consider these safety tips as you decorate this season!
How to handle those holiday lights!
- Avoid overloading electrical outlets for both indoor and outdoor lights.
- Limit connecting of holiday lights to 3 strands.
- Do not use frayed, broken or worn string lights.
- Use low wattage cheerful little mini lights at 2.5-watts or energy efficient LED bulbs, which operate at a cool-to-the-touch temperature.
- Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to sleep.
Caring for your holiday tree
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
- Keep your tree at least three feet from heat sources, such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- Add water to the tree stand daily.
- Dispose of the tree when it becomes dry. A dry tree should be placed outside, away from all flammable structures for pick up.
For more safety tips, click here! http://www.nfpa.org/winterholidaysafety