The fire hazards of Christmas Trees.

December 22 2016

Christmas is a nice time of the year, and people are in a happy and festive mood.
We all love sitting by the tree and enjoying the ambience that is Christmas.

Christmas trees are great, and there is no reason not to have one. Let's just be aware of the fire hazards that can accompany them and prepare ourselves to be "fire" smart!

Dry tree's can become a fire hazard if exposed to a source of heat or fire, and can become extremely flammable.

So first thing to do is to ensure you buy a fresh tree and ensure the trunk of the tree is freshly cut and then in water at all times. Then be sure to water your tree daily.

-Ensure your tree is set up away from the fireplace and radiators. Not only is the fireplace a hazard as a possible ignition source, but heat sources can dry out your tree faster and in turn make it more susceptible to ignition.

-Always make sure that lights going on the tree and anywhere in your house are checked for damage and/or fraying. If the set appears to be damaged, replace them as we do not want an electrical short to start a fire. Use only CSA approved lights.

-Christmas time brings chilly weather with it. Ensure that any space heaters are a safe distance away from the tree and any other potential fire hazards like curtains and presents.

If purchasing an artificial tree look for the label "Fire Resistant." Though this does not guarantee the tree won't catch fire, it does mean the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.

When decorating the tree never use lighted candles, and look for non-combustible and flame resistant decorations.

Lastly in this day and age it shouldn't be relevant, however if there are any smokers in the house ensure that there are no ashtrays near the tree and that any smoking is done a safe distance away from the tree.
The below clip shows just how fast a dry Christmas tree can become fully involved in fire.

There is no need to be scared of enjoying a Christmas tree this year, however following these tips can help ensure that we all have a safe and happy Holiday Season.

Wishing you all the best from Saver, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!