As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. More than one of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four of the fires. Download safety suggestions in PDF format.
Lighting the tree
- • Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
- • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
- • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
The Brewster Recycling Center will be accepting strings of holiday lights for recycling until January 25, 2019. Your unwanted or broken light strings will be broken down into their different components and the metals will be recycled.