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What are ways to stay safe around the Christmas tree?

To stay safe around the Christmas tree, follow these tips:

  • Ensure that the Christmas tree is stabilized at the base and either the area is marked off or young children and pets are monitored when around it to avoid knocking it over on another or themselves.
  • All Christmas trees have potential for starting fires. However, live trees are far more dangerous than artificial ones. Ensure that a live tree is receiving water and is far from heat sources to minimize the risk.
  • Do not leave the tree lights on when no one is around.
  • Ensure that fragile ornaments, ornament hooks or sharp ornaments are out of reach of small children.

To stay safe around the Christmas tree this season:

  • Make sure artificial trees and greenery are fire-resistant.
  • Live trees should be fresh when you put them up. Check needles to make sure they bend rather than break, and that they don't easily fall off tree limbs.
  • Cut off about two inches of the trunk before you place it in a sturdy, water-holding stand. Keep the stand filled with water.
  • Don't set up your Christmas trees (or other greenery) near a fireplace, radiator or other heat source. It will dry out faster and become a fire hazard.
  • Place the tree where young children can't get to it easily. If you have a crawling baby, consider using a tabletop tree that your little one can't reach, or surround the tree with baby gates.
  • Anchor the tree to prevent children or pets from knocking it over.
  • Hang breakable or sharp ornaments or those with small removable parts on high branches, out of reach of small children or pets.
  • If small children are around, don't use trimmings that resemble candy or food, which they may be tempted to eat.
  • Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant tree trimmings.
  • Avoid decorations that may have lead in them.
  • Dispose of trees and greenery when they start drying out.

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