Christmas Tree Safety

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas trees, ornaments and lights are all symbols of the holiday season and happy times. But if you are not careful, these things can be harmful and even deadly. Dr. Edward Hill exposes some holiday dangers in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Christmas lights can be dangerous unless you are cautious about fire and safety hazards.

Each year, fire departments respond to hundreds of structure fires caused by Christmas trees. To keep the holidays safe, here are some useful tips.

When purchasing an artificial Christmas tree, look for a Fire Resistant label.

If you are purchasing a live tree, check for freshness by looking for green needles that do not break between your fingers.

Place the tree away from any fireplaces or radiators and out of the way of traffic. Keep the stand filled with water if its a live tree. Check it daily.

Use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory.

Check each set of lights for broken wires or cracked sockets and throw out damaged sets.

Before using lights outdoors, make sure they have been approved for outdoor use.

Turn off all lights before you leave your home or go to bed, or put the lights on an automatic timer.

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