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Decorating Your Tree: Some Virginia Safety Tips for the Holidays

December 18, 2013 by The Parrish Law Firm

Decorating the holiday tree can be a wonderful experience for the whole family, but that doesn’t mean it’s totally painless. Here are some tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure that you’re making the most of the tradition, and avoiding any potential hazards along the way.

Decorating Your Tree

  • Buy a fresh tree. If you’re going for the real deal, make sure the tree is fresh. A fresh tree’s needles won’t break between your fingers, and they are difficult to pull out from the branches. The bottom of the tree should be sticky with resin, and when you shake the tree of tap it on the ground it should lose only a few needles.
  • Place your tree away from heat sources. Trees should not be placed near radiators, fireplaces, or vents, and water levels should be monitored daily (keep the tree stand full of water) because heated rooms dry trees out. Avoid putting your tree in high foot traffic areas or blocking doorways.
  • Buy a fire resistant tree. If you’re going the fake tree route, make sure the tree is labeled “Fire Resistant.” While this label doesn’t promise full protection from your tree catching fire, it does mean it will be more difficult for it to do so.
  • Decorate smartly. If you have small children in the house, avoid using breakable, sharp or weighted decorations, and make sure to keep trimmings with small removable components away from children so there’s no chance of them swallowing or inhaling small pieces. Also, don’t use trimming that a child could mistake for candy or food.

Have a wonderful, safe and relaxing holiday season!

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