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Selecting
  • Needles should be green and hard to pull from the branch.
  • The trunk should be sticky to the touch.
  • Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground.
  • If needles fall off, the tree is no longer fresh and is a fire hazard.
Care
  • Never place trees near a heat source such as a fireplace or heat vent.
  • Heat will cause the tree to dry out faster and ignite much easier.
  • Never smoke near a holiday tree.
  • Do not leave cut trees in the home for more than two weeks
  • Always keep the water receptacle filled.
Disposal
  • Never put branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove.
  • When the tree becomes dry, discard it immediately.
  • Dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or use a community pick-up service.
Maintenance
  • Only use lighting tested by an approved testing laboratory.
  • Check your lights for frayed wires, bare spots, insulation gaps, broken or cracked sockets, excessive kinking and wear.
  • If any of these conditions exist, discard the lights.
Do NOT overload outlets
  • Do not link more than three strands of lights, unless directions specifically state that it is safe to do so.
  • Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet.
  • Check the wires of your lights periodically.
  • Disconnect and replace them, if they are warm or hot to the touch.
Extension cords
  • Do not use indoor extension cords outside.
  • Use only those that are made specifically for outdoor use.
  • Keep extension cords above ground and out of puddles and snow.
Turn off
  • Always turn off lights at night and when no one is home.
  • Make sure candles are in stable holders
  • Placed them where they cannot be knocked over.
  • Locate candles where children and pets cannot reach them.
  • Always extinguish candles at night and prior to leaving the house.
Never put lit candles on any type of tree
  • Never use a lit candle for a tree decoration.
  • Do not go near a holiday tree with any open flame, candle, lighter, or match.
Combustibles
  • Make sure all combustibles are away from fireplaces, wood burning stoves and heaters.
Screens
  • Make sure that fireplace screens are in place and in good condition.
Ashes
  • Empty the fireplace or stove by placing ashes into a metal container.
  • Place the container away from the house and other outdoor combustibles.
  • Leave the ashes in the metal container until they are cold.
  • NEVER leave this container in the house or garage. See fire safety tips for more information.
  • smoke detectors/batteries
  • fire extinguisher
  • flashlights/batteries
  • first aid kit
  • carbon monoxide detector
  • second floor escape ladder
  • battery-powered radio.