As a classic Christmas special told us, Christmas trees aren’t required to be beautiful to capture the holiday’s message. But while they don’t have to be pretty, they do have to be safe. Despite their greenery and twinkling lights, Christmas trees can be potential holiday fire hazards. Lancaster County Fire Rescue wants to share some valuable fire prevention advice. Here’s a list of safety tips for your Christmas tree:

  1. Only buy fresh trees – First, only purchase trees that display signs of freshness. A fresh tree should be your top priority over a perfectly-sized one. Old, dry trees are more prone to catching fire – and if they do, they’ll go up in flames quickly. Fresh trees have more moisture and that means those green needles won’t fall so fast. Plus, the fresher the tree, the nicer the smell and look it will bring to your home.
  2. Trim it down – After purchasing your tree, we recommend that you trim the trunk. When you give your tree a new, raw cut, it will be better able to absorb the water. This is a great way to extend the life of your tree while keeping it from becoming a dry fire risk.
  3. Place it in a safe location – Next, choose your location carefully when you bring your tree inside. Avoid placing a tree near portable heaters, fireplaces, radiators, doorways, and other highly-trafficked areas of your home. This will keep you, your family, and your tree safe from harm.
  4. Keep watering it – Finally, continue to water your tree throughout the holidays. In well-heated homes, trees can rapidly dry out. Help your tree stay healthy and fresh and you’ll also be taking proper fire prevention measures.

To learn more fire prevention tips – for the holidays and every day – you can always call Lancaster County Fire Rescue. We want your holidays to be full of peace and safety.