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 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 daily. Lighting the tree • Use lights that have the label of a recognized 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. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect. • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
FACTS • More than one of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. • A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four of the fires.