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Decking the halls with boughs of faux holly, garlands and the like is safer when they’re made from non-combustible materials. Wrapping paper should be kept away from the fireplace and removed from the tree area when gifts have been opened. If you’re buying an artificial tree, look for a statement on the box or label indicating it’s fire-resistant. And if the tree comes already festooned with lights, the box should bear the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label.

Christmas Tree Safety

Only buy fresh. Old, dry trees can turn into kindling when your Christmas lights heat up. If you’re buying a natural tree, play it safe by ensuring it’s fresh. Look for these signs:

  • Needles are green with no brown patches
  • When you bend the needles, they don’t break
  • The bottom of the trunk is sticky with resin
  • Needles don’t fall from the tree when the trunk is bounced on the ground

Light maintenance  light

Choose only lights that have been tested for safety. Before using new or old lights, check for broken or cracked sockets, frayed wires or loose connections. Don’t use more than three standard-sized sets of lights on each extension cord. And turn all decorative lights off when you go to bed or leave your home.

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