Now that Thanksgiving is over and the leftovers have all been eaten, it’s time to start putting up the holiday decorations, including the time-honored Christmas tree which graces our living rooms for most of December.
In preparation for the holiday season, here are 7 Christmas tree safety tips for Ohio homeowners to help keep you and your family safe during this special time of year. Also, don’t forget to check with Burkhart Agency to make sure your homeowners insurance policy is up-to-date for the new year.
1. When purchasing your Christmas tree, choose one with healthy, green needles that do not fall off when touched. A dry tree in the home can be a major fire hazard.
2. Place your Christmas tree at least three feet away from any heat source, including baseboard heaters, fireplaces, heat vents, candles and lights.
3. Make sure your Christmas tree is not blocking an exit in case your family needs to escape the home during an emergency.
4. Water your Christmas tree as soon as you place it in the stand and continue to water it daily for the entire time the tree is in your home.
5. This should go without saying, but never use lit candles to decorate your tree.
6. When you go to bed at night, or leave your home, unplug your Christmas tree lights.
7. When your Christmas tree starts dropping needles, it’s time to take it to the trash. A dry tree can go up in flames in a matter of seconds.
A fresh Christmas tree is a gorgeous and fragrant addition to any home this time of year. Just make sure you follow these 7 Christmas tree safety tips for Ohio homeowners for a happy and safe holiday season.