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Holiday Tree Safety

How to pick a great tree and keep it safe during the Holidays

 One of the reasons I love the holiday season is the smell of the Christmas tree, the glimmer of the lights around town and all of the festive decorations. This time of year can be dangerous because of all of those same things. 

Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 240 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. Together, these fires result in 21 deaths and $25.2 million in direct property damage and insurance claims.

Below are some Tips from Fema.gov on how to pick a safe tree and keep your home safe during the Holiday season.

Christmas Trees

If your household includes a natural tree in its festivities, take to heart the sales person’s suggestion – “Keep the tree watered.”

Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be.

Selecting a Tree for the Holidays

Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needles should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long and, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard.

Caring for Your Tree

Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season and Stay Safe!

Lyle Radloff 
Farmers Insurance
750 S Plaza Dr Ste 100
Mendota Hts, MN 55120-1505
651-209-1120 (Office) 

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Emily November 30, 2012 at 01:38 PM
This is the First Year that my family will be getting a tree for our house! We are so excited to begin this family tradition as we are normally out of town. Thanks for the tips on how to pick out the right tree, and how to keep it safe. Now if we only knew the best place to get one. Any Suggestions? Thank you Emily
Norma November 30, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Great ideas and I will check the needles this year before buying!!

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