It’s time for the holiday season. Many people look forward to the holidays all year long. They’re a festive time of celebration, of love and fellowship, of family and fun. They’re a time of great smells and tastes from the kitchen, and of serene and beautiful lights in and around the home. They are also, unfortunately, some of the most dangerous times of year in terms of house fires.
Christmas trees, as beautiful as they are, can also present a ton of dangers if you’re not very careful with your lighting. Explore some important Christmas tree safety tips to avoid catastrophic house fires, and keep you and your loved ones safe and sound this holiday season.
Christmas Tree Fire Statistics
Over 1/3 of Christmas tree fires in the home are caused by electrical distribution or the use of lighting equipment. A full 20 percent of decorative fires start in the kitchen, while one in six occur in the den, living room or family room. Candle fires are most common on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Just a bit of care and safety awareness can prevent the vast majority of these fires.
Christmas Tree Safety Tips
It just takes a bit of care to keep your tree safe from the dangers of fire. When you pick up your tree, make sure it’s fresh and the needles don’t fall off when you touch them. Cut 2 inches from the trunk before putting it on the stand, and keep the tree at least three feet from heat sources, including radiators, heating vents, and lamps or overhead lights. Be sure that your tree isn’t blocking an exit from the home or room, and add water to the stand daily.
When you light the tree, make sure that your lights are rated for proper indoor or outdoor use, and have been labeled by an independent testing lab. If there are loose bulbs or broken cords, don’t use the lights. Make sure you carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions for your tree. Never use lit candles as a decoration, and always turn off the lights before you go to bed or leave the home.
After the Holidays
It’s surprising how many fires are caused in the month of January by trees that simply haven’t been properly disposed of. These dried-out trees are a serious fire hazard. Never store them in the house or garage and never lean them against the home outside. Find out if your local community has a recycling program and dispose of your tree accordingly.
If you have outdoor lights hung up, take them down and bring them inside. Not only will this prevent hazards, it’ll make your lights last longer.
If You Get Hurt in an Accident
If you get hurt in an accident, and it’s because of someone else’s careless behavior, you could be entitled to collect compensation for serious injuries you suffer. This can help you to pay for mounting medical bills, cover your pain and suffering, emotional damages, lost wages and more. If you’re in the Mobile, AL, area and you need legal help with an issue like this, Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys are here to help. Give us a call for a free discussion about your case today.