Shockingly, according to the National Fire Protection Association between 2013 and 2017, an average of 160 home fires started with Christmas trees. Christmas is supposed to bring joy and good cheer, not home fires and injuries. If you have a Christmas Tree in your home, please take a few minutes to review our Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips TODAY.

Christmas Tree branches with ornaments

Christmas Tree Fire Safety

No one wants to celebrate Christmas in a hospital, or shelter, because of a Christmas Tree fire. Keep your home and family as safe as possible with the following tips for Christmas Tree Fire Safety.

Pick the RIGHT tree

Before you bring a live tree into your home, make sure you pick the RIGHT one. Make sure the tree you pick is fresh. It should have green needles, and when you touch the needles, they should not easily fall off. Before putting the tree in the stand, make sure to cut off a bit of the base of the trunk. A fresh cut opens up the tree’s pores and allows the tree to drink water.

Where to put your Christmas Tree

A tree should be at least three feet away from heat sources, such as a fireplace, radiator, heat vents, space heaters and candles.

Keep your tree WATERED

Add water to the tree stand each and every day.

Christmas Tree lights

Never use lit candles to decorate your tree. Purchase lights that have a label stating they have been tested for indoor use on Christmas Trees, such as a UL (Underwriters Laboratories). Replace worn out lights, and please read the instructions on just how many strands of lights can be connected together. When you leave the house, or go to bed, turn the lights off. Finally, check your smoke detectors and always sleep with your bedroom doors closed.

All of us at Tango, Tango & Tango’s Commack and Rockaway offices wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

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