Don’t let this happen to your tree.
By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 2:00 PM CST
As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Booth Fire and Safety have some tips to keep you safe this Holiday season:
- 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 1–2” from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from
any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles,
heat vents or lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water
- Lighting the tree- Use lights that have the label of an independent
testing laboratory. Some lights are 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 string 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 to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving
home or going to bed.
Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire
danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against
the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
If you need items to be safe this Christmas, come by 538 State Street Bowling Green to Booth Fire and Safety. Call them at 270.781.3330 or check their website out and fan them on facebook. Remember, be safe and enjoy your holiday!