Christmas Tree Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Protect Your Home With These Holiday Safety Tips

While Christmas trees can be a beautiful decoration in your home, they can also become a serious safety hazard if they are not decorated properly. Keep these Christmas tree safety tips in mind to make sure that your holiday is as joyous as possible.

  • If you are buying an artificial tree, make sure that it is certified, labeled, or identified by the manufacture as fire retardant.
  • If you are looking for a live tree, make sure to choose a tree that has fresh, green needles that do not fall off when you touch it.
  • Before you place the tree in the stand, cut 1 to 2 inches off of the bottom so that it can soak up the most amount of water.
  • Put the tree at least three feet away from any type of heat source, such as radiators, fireplaces, heat vents, or candles. Also, make sure that the tree is not blocking an exit of your home.
  • Make sure to regularly water your tree. Keeping your tree watered will help to keep it fresh, which will help to make sure that it does not catch fire.
  • When picking out lights to decorate your tree, make sure to choose lights that have been tested by an independent laboratory and are rated for indoor use.
  • Never use a lit candle to decorate a tree. If you like the look of candles in your tree, use battery operated candles.
  • Before you go to bed at the end of the night, make sure to turn off and unplug all the lights.

Having the right homeowners insurance policy is the best way to ensure that you and your home stay safe in case of any unfortunate situation this holiday season. Contact the insurance professionals at Brown & Brown Insurance in Anaheim, California for all of your insurance coverage needs.