1. Water, water, water your live tree: Dry trees pose a fire risk. Cut 1/2 - 1" from the bottom of the trunk before putting your tree into a sturdy stand; fill immediately with water and add water frequently.
  2. Steer your tree clear: Your tree should be positioned at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. It should also not block any doorways or exits.
  3. Check your lights, check them twice: Inspect all of your electric lights and decorations for damage or wear. Cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires and loose connections may pose a fire or shock hazard.
  4. Know your lights and cords: Do not connect more than three miniature light strings together. Also, be sure to check the rating on your extension cords, and do not plug in more than the recommended wattage.
  5. Decorate with a safe eye: Cords should not be run under carpets or tacked up with metal nails or staples. Small decorations can be choking hazards so keep them out of reach of toddlers.
  6. Look for UL certification.
  7. Limit plug-in toys to the little ones: It’s not safe to give a small child a toy or product that needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet due to possible burns or electric shock
  8. Give wrapping paper a second life: Don’t burn used wrapping paper as it may cause intense flash fires. And throwing it out adds waste. Consider recycling or repurposing it instead.
  9. Sleep safe by installing smoke/carbon monoxide detectors: Be sure that one is installed outside every sleeping area in your home. Test them at least monthly and change the batteries every 6 months.
  10. Plan your fire escape: Use the holidays as a good time to plan and practice a fire escape plan with your loved ones. Identify at least two exits from every room in the house, and have a safe meeting place away from your home. 
Suzanne Dingley

Suzanne Dingley

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