Follow safety tips to avoid Christmas tree catastrophes

December 11, 2012

By Staff

The holiday season is a time for celebration, but fire hazards from Christmas trees and other decorations can dampen the festive spirit.

Experts at the State Fire Marshal’s Office remind residents to properly care for and decorate Christmas trees, and to practice fire safety in order to prevent yuletide emergencies.

If a household holiday display includes a natural tree, keep the tree adequately watered. Improper care and decoration of live or artificial Christmas trees can lead to catastrophic fires.

Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by UL or another approved testing laboratory.

All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant, and artificial or metallic trees should also be flame-retardant.

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