Every year residents of Chicago hear the stories of homes that burn to the ground because of tree fires. The holidays do not have to be this way. Be safe this year by using a little common sense and following these simple tips.
- First, make sure your live tree is in a tree stand that has spikes in the base. These spikes hold your tree in place, but most importantly, they elevate your tree so that it can take in water.
- Make sure you water your live tree DAILY! A 6-7 foot tree will drink at least 1-2 cups of water every day.
- Check the water level daily. Some homes are very dry during the winter and the water will evaporate quickly.
- Never water ‘the’ tree. Instead, pour the water into the base that it sits in.
- Make sure the decorative lights are not old and damaged. Replace them when they look worn or if you’re not sure.
- Replace outdated tree lights with modern LED lighting. They do not generate as much heat as the old fashion lighting. They also use less power.
- Never leave your home with the tree lights still on. Turn it off before you leave. It’s also a good idea to turn off the Christmas lights before you go to bed.
- Make sure you have a smoke alarm close to your tree and you have an escape route in case it goes off. Christmas trees can virtually explode into flames before you could do anything about it.
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season Chicago!