For many people, Christmas is the best time of the year thanks to the breathtaking decorations, and the ability to catch up with friends and family. While you’re enjoying the festive atmosphere that comes with the Christmas season, you want to know that you and your family are going to be safe, and the best way to accomplish this is by correctly setting up your Christmas tree.
While your Christmas tree is likely your favorite holiday decoration, it can also be a gigantic fire hazard, putting your safety at risk and possibly bringing your holiday to a disastrous conclusion. Follow these Christmas tree safety tips and you should be able to decorate your home without putting you and your family’s safety at risk.
Purchasing Your Tree
If you’re like many people, then you like to take your time purchasing your tree so that you can make sure that you’re getting the perfect one. In addition to its appearance, there are several factors you need to consider to make sure that your tree is as safe as possible.
Before making your purchase, be sure that you’ve selected a tree with fresh needles that do not fall off when moved. The fresher the tree, the safer it will be. Once you’ve bought your tree and returned home, your Christmas tree needs to be placed in the right location. Never put your tree near a heat source or in front of an exist, as these locations will increase the risk for fire. Finally, your tree needs to be watered regularly to prevent drying.
The next and possibly most important step of Christmas tree safety is decorating your tree. Your goal should be to choose decorations that are attractive but won’t put you at a great risk for fire.
Any lights that you purchase for your tree should have been independently tested to ensure their safety. You also need to be sure that the lights that you’ve chosen were designed for indoor use. If you notice that there is damage to your light cords, or if some of the bulbs are burned out, replace this string. Lastly, never leave your lights on when you go to bed or leave the house, as a fire may start without you noticing.
Getting Rid of Your Tree
While it’s common to leave your tree up for a few days after Christmas is over, you should never delay disposing of your tree too long. As a Christmas tree grows older, it gets drier and more likely to catch fire. Ideally, you should dispose of your tree before the needles lose their greenness and start falling from the tree.
When you’re ready to get rid of your tree, contact your city about safe disposal options.
Help with Christmas Tree Safety Tips
If the Christmas tree in your home causes an injury, then you should consider your legal options with the help of the lawyers at Harris & Graves. You may still be injured by your tree even if you follow these tips, and if you’re injury was caused by a faulty product, such as malfunctioning lights, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.