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Tree Time Safety

Christmas trees are one of my favorite parts of the holiday. I love the way they smell and look. My children are mesmerized by the lights and I am too. But a dry tree strung with lights poses a few fire safety hazards.

When buying a tree, loosely grip the end of a branch and pull your hand over it. Only a few needles will come off a fresh tree. Also have the vendor give it a fresh trunk cut - take off at least an inch. This will help the tree "drink" water - just like a very over sized fresh cut flower.

When stringing lights make sure all of the strands are healthy (no frayed wires) and are made for indoor use. They should be UL rated and be fire resistant.

Make sure to check the water levels in the tree stand daily and never, ever leave the lights on when you go to bed. I'm pretty sure Santa can see in the dark.

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Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
We had lights that had a "frosted effect" LOL!!! Probably a crazy fire hazard, too!
DStirk DStirk 10 years
great idea mme hart! does anyone remember those bubble lights? i loved those things when i was younger!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Hey ladies!! I created a suite so we can all post pics of our trees for others to see! http://teamsugar.com/suite/81386 We have the LED lights this year...they're awesome!!!! :tree:
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
There are LED lights out now that are affordable, energy efficient and really low temp so they are less dangerous. Can't wait to get our tree.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
We have a faux tree...the real ones they sell here are horrific and super dry!!
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
I love the smell and the lights. Great time of the year.
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