Christmas Tree Safety
For many families the decorating of the Christmas tree signals the official start of the holiday season. Unfortunately, Christmas trees start approximately 210 house fires each year in the United States. There are a few basic safety tips that can keep your family safe this season while you enjoy your festive holiday decorations:
*Carefully select your tree - look for fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
*Place your tree carefully: stay at least three feet away from any heat source including fireplaces, radiators, heat vents or lights. Keep candles away from your tree.
*Examine your lights before decorating your tree. Throw away any strands with broken cords or loose bulb connections. Be sure your lights have been checked for safety in a recognized testing laboratory and only use lights designated for indoor use on your tree.
*Water your tree daily.
*Remove your tree promptly after Christmas or as soon as it is noticeably dry. Be sure to dispose of your tree properly- a dried out tree is a fire hazard if left in your home or garage. Find our if your community has a recycling program for trees.
Enjoy the holiday season with your family and friends. If your home or business suffers a fire or smoke damage, call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Hamilton County, of Indianapolis North and of Anderson. We are available anytime day or night at 317-773-0422.