Christmas Tree Safety Tips

We just finished putting up our tree and I want to share with you these tips.

  • Always use lights listed by a testing laboratory. Be aware that some lights are for indoor use only, but not for both. If you use larger lights on your tree, the lights should include some type of reflector so the bare bulbs don't touch the tree.
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  • Make sure lights are all in working order. Never use strings of lights that have worn, frayed, or broken cords, or loose connections. Connect no more than three strands of push-in bulbs and a maximum of 50 screw in bulbs. Read and follow the manufacturers directions.

  • Never use lit candles to decorate your tree. Real trees are highly combustible, and artificial trees are made of plastics that can ignite. If you buy an artificial tree, make sure it's designated flame retardant.

  • Keep your tree at least three feet away from any heat source. This includes fireplaces, radiators, and candles. If possible, place the tree near an outlet so cords are not running long distances. Do not block any exits with your tree. And if it is a live tree, don't forget to water it.

  • When your tree starts dropping needles, it is time to dispose of it. Dried out trees are highly flammable and should not be left in the house, in the garage, or placed against the house. To recycle your real tree, look for the nearest center or program at http://earth911.org.

Source: A December newsletter from my real estate consultant in Dallas, TX

By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX

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