Christmas is a time for holiday joy and merriment, but one injury could turn the season upside down. While it may be an immobile object, Christmas trees can pose a potential danger to those who fail to take the proper precautions. Check out these Christmas tree safety tips to help keep you safe this season.
As with all other flammable objects, keep the tree away from heat sources. Dry pine needs and a lack of water can quickly lead to a fire hazard that will ruin any hope of a merry Christmas. Portable heaters and other heat sources, such as a fireplace, shouldn’t be within five feet of the tree.
Kids have a tendency to run first and look where they’re going second. That tendency, combined with low-hanging branches full of pine needles, can lead to serious injury. Warn children to stay away from the tree and keep your eye on them at all times, especially if energy is running high. Trimming lower branches is a great way to remove the potential for injury. It can also help keep pets from climbing up the tree, or even pulling it down.
Christmas tree lights can be a potential problem, especially if they’re older. Frayed wiring can become a fire hazard if not dealt with. As a safety precaution, turn off the lights when you leave the house or go to bed for the night.
From all of us at Pfeiffer Used, we hope you have a happy and safe holiday season.