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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make sure all combustibles are away from fireplaces, wood burning stoves and heaters.
- Make sure that fireplace screens are in place and in good condition.
- 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
- first aid kit
- carbon monoxide detector
- second floor escape ladder
- battery-powered radio.