7 Tips for Preventing Christmas Tree Fires
7 Tips for Preventing Christmas Tree Fires

Nothing says “Christmas” quite like a live Christmas tree. Unfortunately, Christmas tree fires result in $13 million in property damage every year. These fires also present a serious risk to you and anyone else in your home.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to forfeit your Christmas tree tradition. These fires are usually preventable as long as you follow some basic safety precautions.

Here are 7 rules for preventing Christmas tree fires:

  1. Always pick out a fresh tree with vibrant needles that don’t easily come off. Trees that shed easily are more dried out and more likely to catch fire.
  2. Display your tree away from heat sources including fireplaces, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  3. Keep the tree base filled with water to keep your tree from drying out.
  4. Make sure your Christmas lights have been tested for safety, and dispose of any damaged lights.
  5. Turn your lights off when you go to bed for the night and any time you leave the house.
  6. Dispose of your tree safely and in a timely manner. If the needles are beginning to drop off, it’s time to throw it out.
  7. Dispose of your tree by leaving it for curbside trash pickup, dropping it at a recycling center or putting it in your yard waste container for pickup. Never use the tree in your home fireplace. Christmas trees burn explosively and should never be used as firewood.

“We are wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday this year. Be sure to follow these safety tips to avoid any unnecessary accidents this Christmas,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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