The Weimer Group wishes you a safe and happy holiday! As you finish up your decorations, the following information may be helpful when it comes to caring for your Christmas Tree and then properly disposing of it. This information has been provided by the National Fire Protection Association.
Did you know…
- One of every home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
- Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they have a higher chance to be deadly.
- A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every five of the fires.
What you can do to protect yourself from becoming a statistic:
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1-2″ from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
- Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
As always, an independent, Trusted Choice agent is a valuable source of safety and insurance information. Please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 888.304.6678, visiting our virtual insurance agency at www.TheWeimerGroup.com, or stopping by one of our offices in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Whether you’re looking for reliable Philadelphia home insurance, affordable Pennsylvania auto insurance, or commercial insurance for your business, rest assured, we’ve got your insurance needs covered.