Many artificial trees are fire resistant. If you
buy one, look for a statement specifying this
A fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a
fire hazard than a dry tree. To check for freshness,
A fresh tree is green.
Fresh needles are hard to pull from
When bent between your fingers, fresh
needles do not break.
The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with
When the trunk of a tree is bounced on the
ground, a shower of falling needles shows
that tree is too dry.
Place tree away from fireplaces, radiators and
other heat sources. Heated rooms dry trees out
rapidly, creating fire hazards.
Cut off about two inches of the trunk to expose
fresh wood for better water absorption. Trim away
branches as necessary to set tree trunk in the base
of a sturdy, water-holding stand with wide spread
feet. Keep the stand filled with water while the
tree is indoors.
Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not
block doorways. Use thin guy-wires to secure
a large tree to walls or ceiling. These wires are
Artificial snow sprays can irritate lungs if inhaled.
To avoid injury, read container labels; follow
Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been
tested for safety. Identify these by the label from
an independent testing laboratory.
Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken
or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose
connections. Discard damaged sets or repair them
Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house,
walls or other firm support to protect from wind
Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights
per single extension cord.
Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations
when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights
could short and start a fire.
Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
The tree can become charged with electricity from
faulty lights, and any person touching a branch
could be electrocuted! To avoid this