TIPS TO SURVIVE THE HOLIDAYS

Here are some helpful tips on how to care for your Christmas tree for a safe holiday.  Many people do not realize how flamable Christmas trees are, but if properly maintained can be very safe.

  • Store tree in cool, sheltered place until ready to set up
  • Cut about one inch (three centimeters) off the butt end to open the tree stem and allow water intake
  • Place tree in a stand that will hold 2 to 3 litres of water and top it up daily. If water drops below the end of the trunk, the stem may reseal itself, requiring a fresh cut.
  • Keep tree away from all sources of heat including radiators, furnace ducts, television sets, fireplaces and windows with direct exposure to the sun.
  • Remove the tree within 10-14 days. After that amount of time in a heated building even the freshest tree will begin to dry out.
  • Ensure all electric lights and connections are in good working order.
  •  Only use interior rated light strings for your tree
  • Never overload a wall socket.  If more connections are needed, use a CSA approved power bar and follow manufacturers instructions.
  • Turn off lights when leaving your home and retiring for the night.
  •  Never use lighted candles on or near a Christmas tree.
  • The best protection for a tree is moisture. Because of its’ high moisture content, a fresh tree is naturally fire retardant and will remain so with a continuous supply of water.
  •  Install smoke alarms on every level of the home.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms work.

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