FAIRFIELD, Conn. Christmas trees are a big part of the holiday season, but they can become dangerous if you dont take a few precautions. The Fairfield Fire Marshals office offered the following safety tips for your holiday decorations:
? If you put up a natural Christmas tree, make sure its healthy and taking on water. When you get it home, saw off a portion of the base above the original cut. Also make sure there is not a sticky seal of sap on the base, which would block water.
? Once its up, make sure to water it every day. Trees can use up between two pints to 1½ gallons of water a day, depending on size.
? Keep your tree in a sturdy stand that is wide enough to support it. Use guy wires if necessary to prevent the tree from tipping over.
? All trees and decorations should be a safe distance from sources of heat such as heaters, fireplaces, stoves and candles. Never decorate a tree with lighted candles.
? Dont overload your power outlets, and make sure wiring is intact before placing it near the tree. Use multi-outlet power strips, not extension cords, for displays that need more than one outlet.
? Remember to turn off all electrical displays, or even disconnect them, when leaving the house or going to sleep.
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