Thanksgiving Day feasts and celebrations have passed, which means the joys of Christmas morning are quickly approaching. For many families, when the Thanksgiving festivities conclude, it is time to put up the Christmas decorations. Keep the following Christmas decorating safety tips in mind as you begin to deck the halls to reduce the risk of injury this holiday season.
Christmas Tree Safety
Although Christmas tree fires are not common, property damage attributed to these types of fires exceeds $17 million annually, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Use the following tips to reduce your risk of fire:
- • Keep your fresh cut tree outdoors. Soaking the base of trunk in water until you are ready to decorate keeps the tree moist, and therefore less flammable, for a longer period of time.
- • Cut from one to two inches diagonally from the bottom of the trunk. Cutting this small sliver of wood will allow the tree to soak up water easier and remain fresh longer.