For many families, decorating the holiday tree is a favorite part of the season, but a real tree can pose some fire safety hazards.
For a fresh tree be sure to place it in a sturdy stand and keep the stand filled with water so that the tree does not dry out quickly. If purchasing an artificial tree it should be labeled as fire-retardant.
Keep the tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources.
Make sure the tree does not block any doorways.
Use only indoor lights on the trees and check for any bulbs that are broken or cracked. Also, check for frayed, bare wires, cracked sockets and loose connections.
When decorating with lights, use lights that bear the mark of a testing laboratory (UL).
Do not use more three light sets on an extension cord and try to avoid placing the cord under rugs, drapes or furniture.
Be sure to turn lights off when you go to bed or away from your home.
Never place lighted candles on a tree.
You should never burn fresh trees or wreaths in the fireplace or woodstove. They are likely to flare out of control and send flames and smoke into the room.