Christmas Tree Safety

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

For many people, decorating the Christmas tree is a favorite part of the holiday. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill offers some safety tips to make sure a mishap doesnt spoil your holiday season.

A real tree can add to the spirit of Christmas by filling your home with beauty and the scent of pine. But a real tree can also pose a fire hazard. Each year there are more than 400 Christmas tree fires, resulting in 100 injuries and nearly 40 deaths.

The National Safety Council offers these tips:

Choose a fresh, green tree. The needles should bend and not break and should be hard to pull off the branches. Look for a trunk sticky with sap.

Put the tree in a sturdy, water-holding stand. Keep the stand filled with water so the tree does not dry out as quickly.

Place your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block traffic or doorways.

If you use an artificial tree, choose one labeled as fire resistant, and

Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.