Christmas Tree Fires

 In Colorado Insurance Agency, Colorado Insurance Professional

What, that’s not how you remember your childhood Christmases?

Decorating the Christmas tree is a favorite holiday tradition for many.  It is also one of the most dangerous things we do over the holidays.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas trees start an average of 250 structure fires each year.  These fires cause approximately 14 deaths, 26 injuries and $13.8 million in property damage every winter.

Here some tips to keep your friends, family, and property safe this year.

  • Try to find a tree that is fresh with sap around the trunk. Looking good is a must.  A good healthy tree should hold its needles pretty well.
  • To keep your tree nice cut off 2 inches from the bottom and place it in a sturdy stand containing water and a small amount of corn syrup.  Doing this should help keep the tree moist and refreshed.
  • Keep your tree away from sources of heat like fire places, heaters, and radiators.
  • Make sure the tree does not block any pathways.
  • Never use candles around your Christmas tree or drapes.
  • Avoid placing breakable tree ornaments or ones with small, detachable parts on lower branches where small children or pets can reach them.  Children may try to eat them.
  • Turn off all lights on tree and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house and unplug extension cords when not in use.
  • If using a natural tree, make sure it is well watered to avoid dry branches from catching fire from the heat of light bulbs.

Christmas is both a wonderful time and yet one filled with plenty of extra risks.  Don’t get burned out with all the extra stress, relax.  Just be careful this year and remember to be safe.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Affordable American Insurance

For more information on other safety tips visit:

http://www.nsc.org/Documents/Holiday%20Safety%20Tips.pdf

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