It’s that time of the year again; when homes are festooned with colorful lights, tree ornaments and family mementos, all of them piled upon that beautiful pine Christmas tree. Pine trees are the staple of many homes across America, and are the uncontested symbol of Christmas holiday.
Christmas trees can cause home fires, resulting in many severe injuries and lengthy hospital stays. This is because Christmas tree fires are fast acting, consuming the whole room in a matter of seconds as the pine tree usually acts like the firewood on an open flame.
To avoid becoming a statistic and to avoid a Christmas tree fire this holiday season, here are some tips to consider:
• Get a fresh tree: Fire safety begins from when you are picking out your tree. Always make sure that you go for the freshest pine tree possible. This is because fresh green needles are difficult to pluck and won’t easily break from the branches. Because the tree sheds less than pine trees that are not as fresh, it is less likely to catch fire.
• Always water your tree: To prevent fire, you need to treat your Christmas tree like a houseplant. Always remember that the pine tree is still a tree and that trees dry out when they lack water. Also, never forget that a dry tree is much more likely to catch fire than a green one, and combined with the fact that this is a tree that is subjected to great heat emanating from bright lights, the tendency for it to catch fire multiplies. So always, always water your Christmas tree.
• Avoid secondary heat sources: Not only should you water your tree regularly, also make sure to avoid putting your Christmas tree close to secondary heat sources such as radiators, candles, fireplaces, heat vents or lights.
• Keep your pet away: Pets have a way of getting underfoot and often get entangled in Christmas lights strung around the Christmas tree. To avoid this and your tree catching fire due to pet mishap, keep your pets away from your Christmas tree.
• Put off the lights: As most Christmas tree fires begin at night, always turn off your Christmas tree lights each night as you go to bed, the same way you turn off your home lights.
• Use only new Christmas decorations: The older and more worn the Christmas light decoration, the higher the risk for fire. So, make sure to always use new Christmas decorations only. And as much as is possible, avoid using damaged ornaments.
• Keep your tree from falling over: When trees fall over, there is a greater chance for fire. To prevent fire, make sure your tree is standing straight and is not at a risk of falling over.
If you or a loved one was injured in a Christmas tree fire, we are here to help. Call 818-888-9171.