The Turkey has settled, the shopping has kicked off and the hunt for the perfect tree is happening around the state. Whether you go for a real or a fake tree, consider a few tips to keeping your home a little safer this holiday season.
Time Vs Tree
- Fresh. Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
- Cut your own. Many local tree farms are choose and cut your own. Doesn’t get any fresher and could be the start of a family tradition.
- Water. Keep your tree fire resistant as well as looking great by getting it into water withing 24 hours of being cut. According to GardeningKnowHow.com, Studies have shown that plain water will work as well to keep a Christmas tree alive as anything added to the water.
- Heat. Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out
- Unplug. Bedtime means lights off don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree light switch each night
Pets Vs Tree
- Choke Hazards. Pay special attention to your smallest of pets when around such hanging and delicate tree decor. If ingested, your holiday decorations can choke your special critter causing air flow blockage and suffocation.
- Placement matters. Make sure to place larger and less “tempting” ornaments near your tree base, while the smaller, more fragile items are a safe bet at the top.
- Steady. Place your Christmas tree in a corner to help stay out of sight of your pet. If this doesn’t keep your dog or cat from attempting to jump onto the tree, you can place bells, or anything else that creates noise on the tree’s bottom limbs to warn you of an impending tree disaster.
- Hot Wire. Steer clear of lights on the tree’s lower branches. Not only can your pet get tangled up in the lights, they can burn the animal. Also, your pet could get shocked by biting through the wire.
Human Vs Tree
- Allergic Reactions A study by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reported on in the December 2007 U.S. News & World Report indicates that live Christmas trees can adversely affect indoor air quality. The study was conducted because of the increase of asthma and sinus complaints among patients each winter.
- Fake Tree Safe? Artificial Christmas trees can also trigger allergic reactions, especially if they have been improperly stored and are carrying significant amounts of dust. In addition, some of the materials used to manufacture artificial Christmas trees could cause sinus irritation for those who are especially sensitive.
- Visitors Be courteous and ask before any visitors arrive if they have any allergies to to real tree.