Christmas Tree Safety

Monday, December 10, 2012

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.

Dr. Hill:

Decorating homes and businesses with a Christmas tree is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season.

Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be.

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.