l Cut off about 2 inches of the trunk and put the tree in a sturdy, water-holding stand. Keep the stand filled with water so the tree does not dry out quickly.
lStand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.
l If you use an artificial tree, choose one that has been tested and labeled as fire resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory label.
l Do not burn Christmas trees in the fireplace after the holiday season or a flash fire could result.
>> Tree lights
l Only use indoor lights indoors (and outdoor lights only outdoors). Look for the UL label. Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Replace or repair any damaged light sets.
l Also, use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping hazards, but do not run cords under rugs.
l Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house.
>> Tree ornaments
l Always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places.
l Read labels before you use materials that come in jars, cans and spray cans.
l Never place lighted candles on a tree or near any flammable materials.
l Avoid placing breakable tree ornaments or ones with small, detachable parts on lower branches where small children or pets can reach them.
l Do not hang popcorn chains and candy canes on the tree when small children are present. They may think that other tree ornaments are also edible.
Additional tips (for hanging lights out-of-doors by the Children's Safety Council)
l Use only outdoor lights outside your home. Examine light strings each year and discard worn ones.
l Avoid overloading wall outlets and extension cords. Connect no more than three strands together.
l Unplug light string before replacing a bulb. Review the original package to verify proper wattage and voltage. When connecting light strands, wrap a plastic bag around connections and tie ends with Teflon tape.
>> Christmas gift ideas for safety:
Three smoke detectors and batteries.
One or more quality fire extinguishers.
A flashlight and batteries or light sticks.
A first aid kit.
A carbon monoxide detector.
A mobile phone.
A second floor escape ladder.
An emergency kit containing energy bars, water, battery powered radio, flashlight/light sticks and a first-aid kit packed in a small travel bag.
Have a safe holiday season.