Prevent Christmas Tree Fires

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Real Estate Agent with Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales 3090099

Here's some wonderful advice for keeping your Christmas Trees moist and free of fires from Roy Kelley .  Please read and keep your trees and homes safe this holiday season:  

 

Prevent Christmas Tree Fires


A Christmas tree fire can destroy a room in less than a minute. The following alert was distributed by the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service in Montgomery County, Maryland.

 

When selecting a tree for the Holiday, needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard. A safer option is to buy a fire-resistant artificial tree.

Use a wide-based stand to make sure the tree is secure and will not fall over. Keep your tree in a container full of water, and check it daily.

Keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators and heating vents. Decorate your tree with children in mind. Do not put ornaments that are breakable, have small detachable parts, metal hooks or look like food or candy on the lower branches where small children can reach them. Make sure tree lights are hung out of reach of young children. Also, cut back the lower branches to avoid eye injuries to small children.

Decorate your tree using only UL (Underwriters' Lab Inc.) approved lights and cords. Inspect lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets. Do not overload extension cords. Use no more than three strings of lights on one extension cord, and never run an electrical cord under a carpet. Be sure to secure electrical cords so that children cannot pull them and topple the tree.

Turn off the tree lights when you go to bed, depart from home or leave the tree in an unattended room.

Never burn Christmas tree branches, treated wood or wrapping paper in your fireplace. Dispose of your tree promptly after the holidays.

 

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Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Gabe all great advice from our friend Roy Kelley  glad there was no illustration of a Tree or a house burning, Endre

Dec 19, 2016 11:24 PM #1
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thank you very much, Gabe, for this reblog. 

Have an outstanding week as we enjoy the spirit of the holiday season.

Dec 20, 2016 03:29 AM #2
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Harry F. D'Elia
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I very much appreciate the reblog today.

Dec 20, 2016 04:03 AM #3
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Thank you for reblogging this post. I hope others will read it too and learn from it.

Dec 20, 2016 04:07 AM #4
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
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Good morning Gabe Sanders ,

Thanks for the re-blog..I missed this one and its a good one!

Dec 20, 2016 04:45 AM #5
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Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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one of the simplest but the one that works best... Turn off the tree lights when you go to bed, depart from home or leave the tree in an unattended room.

Dec 20, 2016 06:34 AM #6
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Gabe Sanders - this is great that you reblogged this.  We need to get this info out to as many people as possible.

Dec 20, 2016 07:43 AM #7
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Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
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Gabe, Christmas tree fires each year are a big problem. These are excellent tips and Thanks for re-blogging Roy's helpful post. 

Dec 20, 2016 02:01 PM #8
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I wish more people would think abou this.  2 hose fires because of trees this year in my area, already.

Dec 20, 2016 07:57 PM #9
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Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
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Up here in Christmas tree land many people still have a live tree.   Many people still have fires also.  but i think we are more careful as we do this all the time and know the dangers 1st hand,.

Dec 21, 2016 09:17 AM #10
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Gabe Sanders
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Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my re-blog.

Jan 19, 2017 01:32 PM #11
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Thanks for your comments, always appreciated.

Jan 19, 2017 01:32 PM #12
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