Holiday Safety


  • Make sure to select a fresh tree. Needles should be green and hard to pull back from the branch, and trunk should be sticky to the touch.
  • Do not place tree near heat source, heat will dry out the tree.
  • Keep tree well-watered.
  • Dispose of tree at community recycle center or community pick-up service.
  • Maintain lights. Check for:
    • Bare spots
    • Broken or cracked sockets
    • Excessive kinking
    • Frayed wires
  • Use only lighting tested by an approved testing laboratory.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets. Do not link more than three strands. Periodically check wires, they should not be warm to the touch.
  • Use non-flammable decorations.
  • Make sure artificial trees are flame retardant.
  • Do not use lit candles on a tree.
  • Make sure candles are in a stable holder. Place them where they cannot be easily knocked down.
  • Do not leave the house with candles lit.