Keep your home safe - Water the TREE!

Real Estate Agent with Nazareth,Easton, Bethlehem - Prudential Patt, White

If your one of the millions of people who get a fresh tree then you need to remember these important words Water your tree! The Christmas tree, star of the party, the beautiful and wonderful tree we all gather around over the holidays is the cause of approximately 200 fires and 6 deaths here in the US every year.  Fires start due to shorts in the lighting, from candles and or from lighters/matches and being close to heaters. If your tree is kept moist and well watered you have nothing to fear, but its the neglected tree that is left dry that really runs the risk of cathing fire.

  • Keep the tree away from heaters, fireplaces, curtains and other objects.
  • Trim with non-flammable ornaments and check light strings for defects.
  • Turn off tree lights before going out or retiring for the evening.
  • Its also important to remember the holiday wreaths and garland, as these too can catch on fire. Make sure to change them out as they get dry.
  • Be sure to check the water level every day.
  • You might now know this but A 6' tree will use a half-gallon of water every day!
  • Remove the tree from your home before it becomes dry and starts to shed needles.
  • Never burn a tree in your fireplace, as Christmas trees burn very hot and extremely quickly. They are also very oily and may harm your fireplace.

Have a Very Safe and Happy Holiday to one and all!


Comments (5)

Rob Johnstone
ReMax - Calgary, AB
A Reputation Built on Trust
Wow, Good to know!
Dec 10, 2007 09:22 AM
Tim Mancuso
Independent Coach, Trainer & Consultant - Gilbert, AZ
Elite Sales Coach - GROW SMART

Hey there - does anyone know if that 'tree angel' do-hickey is available yet? You know - the one that the fireman invented on that TV reality show: American Inventor?

I was thinking that would be a wonderful gift this year..


Dec 10, 2007 09:33 AM
Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
Thanks for the timely reminder. There is little more tragic than a Christmas house fire.
Dec 10, 2007 09:42 AM
Kimberly Grant
Exit Leon Crawford Realty - Huntsville, AL
Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama
What a very important and timely post for this time of the year.  This is good information for consumers to remember during the holidays.  Its so easy to overlook these things.
Dec 12, 2007 02:34 AM
Ron Fuhrer
Nazareth,Easton, Bethlehem - Prudential Patt, White - Nazareth, PA
Lehigh Valley PA Homes

Kim - Yes, don't like sad headlines at Christmas.

Rosario - Your very welcome! Hopefully we will all remember them.

Tim - Don't know, have not heard about it? I love that SHOW! I am working on an invention right now with my husband. A silly little thing I hope makes it :)

Rob - Thanks for stopping by!

Dec 14, 2007 01:54 PM