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Christmas Tree Safety - #htt by West Park Hospital

Christmas Tree Safety - #htt by West Park Hospital

*(Cody, Wyo.)* - Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer. *Picking the tree *- If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant. Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. *Placing the tree* - Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1" - 2" from the base of the trunk. - Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. - Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. - Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily. *Lighting the tree* - Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. - Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect. - Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. - Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed. *After Christmas* - Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer. For more information, click here . *Thank you for the tips West Park Hospital!* #news #reboot #health #wph