There is nothing like having a real Christmas tree for the Holidays. But we all know the potential danger that comes with having a real Christmas Tree. If the right pre cautions aren’t taken then you best believe that there will be a huge possibility for a fire. Learn what to do to avoid your tree catching on fire.
The most important thing you need to do is choose the right tree. Not choosing the right tree can be detrimental as well as dangerous. When choose a tree make sure to get a tree that hasn’t been trimmed. It’s best that you trim your tree yourself but if you choose to purchase a pre-trimmed tree, then make sure that its trimmed correctly by shaking it. If there are tons of loose needles falling every where, then move on to another tree until you find one that doesn’t shed too many needles.
Unless you chopped your tree down yourself make sure to request that the seller of the Tree cuts around 3 or so inches off the bottom. Christmas trees are known to better absorb water when it has a fresh cut.
When setting up your tree you must remember to NOT put your tree near air vents of any kind because all that does is dry your tree out quicker than you want it to. Make sure to put enough water in your tree stand along with a tablespoon of sugar.
If you can possibly afford it, try buying LED lights because they stay cool while operating. You really don’t want lights that get hot to sit on your Christmas tree for long period of time. Try testing out your lights before you put them on your tree to make sure there aren’t any problem bulbs. Plug them up for about a half an hour to see how hot they get and or how cool they stay.
One of the worst decision you can make is choosing paper ornaments. When dealing with a real Christmas tree, you want to deal with flame resistant ornaments. Metal ornaments are ideal, as well as glass and shell ornaments. If you do choose to use paper ornaments then there is a flame retardant that you can spray on them to keep them from getting to hot and catching fire.
I know this step may sound a bit off the wall but try to keep all types of flames away from your tree. Whether it be candles or just putting it by the fireplace. Never allow your “real,” Christmas tree near any type of flame.
Always make sure that your Christmas tree has water in the tree stand. Your tree needs to stay as far away from “dry,” as possible. As soon as your Christmas Tree begins to shed it’s needles, it’s time to throw it away.
These are the steps to making sure that your Christmas Tree doesn’t catch fire during the holidays. The worst case scenario is finding not only your tree on fire but your entire home. Putting safety first will make your holiday experiences much more comfortable.