Believe it or not, Christmas trees do a serious amount of damage during the holiday season. Between actually getting it home and hanging lights all over it, there are more than a few risks that come with celebrating the holidays with a tree in your home. There are a few things you can do to be sure you enjoy your Christmas tree and avoid its hazardous capabilities.
Choosing Your Christmas Tree
If you are planning on getting a live tree, be sure to get one that is fresh with green pines. The more recent the tree was cut the better. If you are going to a tree farm that allows you to cut your own, make sure to cut it only 1 or 2 inches above the roots to ensure maximum water absorption. As trees age from being cut down, they begin to quickly dry out which increases their chances of setting fire.
Fake trees have slightly different restrictions. Before buying, check the box to make sure the tree is certified as NON-FLAMMABLE or FIRE RESISTANT. This will help avoid fires from any electronic malfunctions.
How to Transport Your Christmas Tree
Sometimes the hardest thing about getting a Christmas tree is getting it home. There is a lot of possible damage that could be made by stuffing your tree in your car and letting it hang out of the trunk or frivolously tying it on top of your vehicle. There are a few key steps in properly tying up your tree to the roof of your car as to avoid any car accidents or damage.
First and foremost, bring a car that has a rack on the top either already mounted or a removable one. When placing the tree on top of your car, make sure the tree trunk is pointed towards the front of your vehicle and the tree top is pointed to the back. Tie each end to the front and back bumpers, making sure all large limbs are secure and each side is tight enough to hold the tree steady. Drive slowly and follow all traffic laws as to not make others nervous or cause unnecessary confusion.
Proper Christmas Tree Decorating Practices
Be sure to set up your tree at least 3 feet from any and all heat sources in order to minimize the potential for heat damage or fires. When hanging the lights, first make sure that there are no exposed or frayed wires that may contribute to an electric fire. Never connect more than three strands of light together in order to avoid a blown fuse which could spark a fire or set back your celebrations. Your lights should not be left on for an extended period of time, so turn off your Christmas tree lights when you leave the house or go to sleep.
As long as your tree is properly transported and watered regularly, you should be able to avoid any fires or serious damages caused by your Christmas tree. If your family unfortunately experiences irreplaceable damages or injuries during the holidays, contact Colley & Colley law firm in Austin, Texas for a free consultation.