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Making Sure Your Christmas Tree is Safe Many people look forward to the holiday season with anticipation and excitement. Although your holiday season may be full of family, good food and traditions, it can also be a dangerous time of the year if you are not careful.

Unexpected Dangers Living in Sterling, it is probably not often that you are nervous about your home catching on fire. During the holiday season, Christmas tree fires can be unexpected, deadly and they can also be totally devastating to your home and property. While you are putting up your Christmas tree this year, you should be sure that you are educated as to ways that you can keep your Christmas tree safe. From 2005-2009 fire departments across the United States responded to about 240 Christmas tree fires a year. In the United States these Christmas tree fires caused about $17 million in property damage, on a yearly basis. But even more devastating than this statistic is that about 13 people a year lose their life as a result of one of these Christmas tree fires. It is of the upmost importance that you are prepared to set up your Christmas tree safely. When you bring home your Christmas tree you should have a stand that allows you to water the tree on a consistent basis.

Water Your Tree After you put up the tree, you have to remember that watering your tree is going to help your tree to stay healthy and prevent fires from occurring. As your tree dries out you, it can catch fire much easier and the fire will spread through the tree with ease. You should also be sure that you do not position your Christmas tree too close to a heat source. There are a lot of people that put their tree up next to their fireplace without realizing how hot the air can get around their fireplace. If you are going to string your home with lights, you want to make sure that your electrical system is functioning properly. Electrical problems contributed to the cause of one third of the Christmas tree fires that occurred between 2005 and 2009.


Dispose of Your Tree Properly After the holiday season, you are going to have to dispose of your Christmas tree in a way that is not going to pose a hazard to your home. Some people burn their Christmas tree without realizing how flammable the tree is and how quickly it will burn. If you are going to burn your tree, you should be sure that you have the proper facilities available to keep the fire controlled. Do not start the fire without the resources that you would need to be able to put out the fire quickly. This holiday season, try to stay away from Sterling fire damage. Fire damage in Sterling can be deadly, time consuming and expensive. Do all that you can to make sure your Christmas tree is a decoration rather than a hazard. As you learn about caring for your tree and put those practices into action, you can drastically minimize the chances that your Christmas tree will cause a fire that causes extensive fire damage.

Making Sure Your Christmas Tree is Safe  

Fire damage in Sterling isn't common, but when you have a tree in your house strung with lights it can cause a lot of unexpected hazards. Le...