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Christmas Tree Safety

  • Charles County,St Mary's County,Calvert County,Prince George's County,Anne Arundel County
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Hollywood, MD- The stockings are hung and your tree is trimmed. If you prefer a real tree over an artificial one, it’s important to remember Christmas trees can present a fire risk.

According to the American Christmas Tree Association, approximately 210 house fires are caused by Christmas trees each year in the United State. Those fires injure more than 2,600 people and cause more than $930 million in damages. Sadly, Christmas tree fires also have a higher fatality rate than typical house fires.

The most common cause of Christmas tree fires is electrical malfunctions. Here’s a list of ways to protect your family this holiday season:

1. Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire. Find one with bright green needles that don’t break easily from the branches.

2. Keep the tree away from any heat source-- fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.

3. Make sure your tree is watered. The tree base should always have water in it to prevent the tree from drying out.

4. Make sure you’re using lights that are suitable for indoor use. Throw out any damaged lights.

5. Before you head to bed, it’s lights out! Don’t leave the Christmas tree lights on at night.

Fresh trees last about four weeks after being cut down. When your tree begins to shed its needles, it’s time for it to go.

Be safe and have a happy holiday season!

Contact Joy Shrum at j.shrum@thebaynet.com

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