Christmas Tree Safety

by Emily Baird on December 2, 2009 at 6:33 am

Safety is a big concern when it comes to decorating your home for the holidays, especially when it comes to your tree.

Whether you have an artificial tree or an evergreen tree, there are some steps you need to take to make sure your tree doesn’t go up in flames this holiday season.

Zanesville Fire Chief, Dave Lacy, says his department typically only deals with a couple of those incidents every year.

"That just varies from season to season. We hope people listen to what we’re saying and pay attention so they don’t create the problems, " says Lacy.

If you plan on cutting down your own tree, make sure the needles are flexible, the tree is watered multiple times throughout the day so it doesn’t dry out, and you put it in a sturdy stand.

"Try to get flame resistant decorations that you use. Check your lights before you put them on. See if there’s any broken sockets, frayed wires, or anything like that that doesn’t look right, " says Lacy.

Lacy also recommends turning the lights on your tree off when you aren’t home to prevent any hazardous situation from occurring.