We love decorating for the holidays, and we want you to have fun too – but please follow these decorating safety tips to keep you and your neighbors safe this holiday season:
- When selecting a tree, make sure the tree is green and the needles are hard to pull off of the branches. The needles should not be easy to break. If a lot of needles drop when you knock the trunk of the tree on the ground, it means that the tree is too dry.
- When you bring your tree into your residence, place it away from all heat sources.
- Always keep the tree stand filled with water.
- Make sure that the tree is not blocking any emergency escape routes.
- Use unbreakable ornaments. Keep your home safe for your kids and pets - keep your fragile ornaments higher up on the tree.
Local Shops to Find a Live Tree:
- Christopher’s Garden Shop, Weymouth
- Seoane Garden Center, Abington
- Artery Garden Center, Quincy
- Penniman Hill Farm, Hingham
- Home Depot, Quincy
*If you do have an artificial tree, make sure it is labeled “fire resistant.”
- Before hanging lights, check to make sure that there are no broken sockets, tears in the wires and discard any damaged strands
- Use no more than three strands of lights per extension cord
- Never leave lights on while you are in bed or not at home
- Never use electric lights on a metallic tree
- Never put lit candles near a live or artificial tree
- Always place candles in non-flammable holders
- Keep candles away from all other household items, decorations, and wrapping paper
- Secure candles - do not place them anywhere that they can easily be knocked over
- If your pet is going to be tempted by your decorations, be sure to keep them out of reach
- Beware of poisonous plants such as poinsettias
- Keep pets away from electrical sources especially extension cords
Happy Holiday Season!
Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission