December 16, 2017

Newnan Landscape Supply Company – Have a Safe Christmas!

At Vining Stone, we love the holidays!  But behind all of the fun gatherings, pretty decorations, and lots of wonderful food – is a serious danger that not all people are aware of – fires.  Did you know that between 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 240 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year? These fires caused an average of 13 deaths, 27 injuries, and $16.7 million in direct property damage annually.1 It is important, then, to use extreme caution when decorating for the holidays.  We found these prevention tips to be very handy.  We hope they are useful to you as well.

If you have, or plan to have, a Christmas tree in your home – you should take these tips into consideration.  If you have an artificial tree, you will want to be sure that it is labeled “fire-resistant”.  Always remember that fire-resistant does not mean it is actually fire-proof.  It just means the object is more difficult to catch fire.  If you have a live tree, or plan to purchase a live tree – you should be sure that one, it is fresh and two, that you keep it fresh. You can test a tree’s freshness by bending the needles. If they break in half, than that tree is too dry and could potentially catch fire.  You will also want to keep the tree watered.  You can fill the stand with water to keep it from drying out after you take it home.  Make sure that your tree is kept far away from the fireplace or heating sources.  The National Fire Prevention Association states that 20% of all Christmas tree fires are because of a heat source being too close to the Christmas tree.

As for Christmas tree lights, you should check them every year, even if they are brand new, for frayed wires, loose connections, or broken sockets.  You may even consider using LED lights which are not only known for energy savings, but they do not heat up as hot as traditional Christmas lights.  You also want to remember not to put lights on a metallic tree. A person can become electrocuted by touching a “charged-up” tree when faulty lights charge a tree with electricity.

Finally, make sure that all wrapping paper and decorations are kept away from the fireplace.  Never intentionally burn a Christmas tree or wrapping paper in your fireplace.  This can cause a flash fire which can turn deadly in a matter of seconds.

We hope that these tips are helpful to you and that you have a great and safe holiday season.  For information about Vining Stone, your local landscape supply company, please give us a call at 770-252-6336 or contact us on the web at www.viningstone.com.  You can also visit us on Twitter or on Facebook  for daily tips, trivia, articles, and even giveaways!

Online Reference:

http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/novtips.cfm

1http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=296&URL=Safety%20Information/For%20consumers/Holidays/Christmas%20tree%20fires&cookie_test=1