State Fire Marshal's Office offers Christmas Tree safety tips | Home & Garden
As you deck the halls this Christmas season, the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds you to be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.
Picking the tree
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Placing the tree
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut two inches from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, heaters candles or hot lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand daily.
Lighting the tree
- Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are intended only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
- Never use lit candles near or to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Alabama State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk reminds consumers that although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. For more holiday and winter safety tips visit www.firemarshal.alabama.gov and have a safe and Merry Christmas from your friends at the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Source: Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office