Released On 27th Nov 2023
Fire Safety During the Festive Season: Christmas Trees
As Christmas begins to approach, many of us are getting our trees ready! However, with the joy and festive spirit, it's also crucial to prioritise safety. We will be sharing our advice to ensure you keep your environment fire-safe.
1. Keep it Hydrated: Water Your Tree Daily
One of the key elements in maintaining a safe Christmas tree is to keep it hydrated. Daily watering is essential to prevent the tree from drying out. A well-hydrated tree is less susceptible to catch fire.
2. Check the Lights: Inspect Before Decorating
Christmas lights add a nice touch to your tree, but they can also pose a fire hazard if not properly maintained. Before decorating, carefully inspect the lights for any signs of damage, frayed wires, or loose connections. Replace any faulty lights to reduce the risk of electrical fires.
3. Placement Matters: Keep Away from Heat Sources
Position your tree away from potential heat sources such as fireplaces, heaters, or radiators. Maintaining a safe distance from these heat-emitting elements minimizes the risk of your tree drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
4. Turn Off at Night: Prioritise Fire Safety
Before heading to bed or leaving your home, remember to turn off the Christmas lights. This simple significantly reduces the risk of an electrical fire breaking out while you're away or asleep.
5. Choose a Fresh Tree: Select with Care
When selecting a natural Christmas tree, opt for one with vibrant, green needles. Avoid trees with dry or easily dislodged needles, as they pose a higher fire risk.
6. Trim the Trunk: Enhance Water Absorption
For natural trees, make a fresh cut at the base of the trunk just before placing it in the stand. This helps improve water absorption, ensuring that the tree stays hydrated throughout the holiday season.
7. Artificial Trees: Ensure Fire Resistance
If you prefer an artificial tree, prioritize safety by ensuring it is labelled as fire-resistant.
By following this advice, you can enjoy the beauty of your Christmas tree while minimising the risk of fire accidents. Wishing you a joyful and safe festive season!