Christmas is a beautiful time of year.  Lights sparkle in most every neighborhood, familiar music plays everywhere, and families come together.

Did you know that Christmas also presents unique risks to your family?

Tree fires are one of those unique risks.  When setting up your Christmas tree, please consider the following tips:

  • Ensure plugs are fully in their sockets and wires are in good condition.
  • Make sure to water your tree: a dry tree can go from a small flame to an inferno within 60 seconds.
  • Keep any heat source away from your tree (this includes candles).
  • Use only UL or ETL/ITSNA listed lights.
  • Use no more than 3 strands of lights per extension cord.  Run those cords along the wall to avoid tripping on them; don’t run extension cords under rugs.
  • Using an artificial tree?  Make sure it’s non-flammable (not “inflammable“) and UL listed.
  • Don’t decorate with tinsel if you have dogs or cats. Tinsel may be beautiful, but its shimmering nature is irresistible to our furry wards; they’re likely to eat the tinsel or pull the tree down in an attempt to get at it.
  • “Angel hair,” made from spun glass, can irritate your eyes and skin; always wear gloves or substitute non-flammable cotton.
  • Spraying artificial snow can irritate your lungs if inhaled; follow directions carefully.
  • Decorate the tree with your kids in mind; move ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks toward the top.

Christmas tree fires are fairly rare, but when they do happen, they’re absolutely devastating.  Click this link from FEMA for more information on Winter fire safety.

Click this link from the Christmas Tree Association for a number of tips on how to protect your pets and many other things.

Click this link (opens in a new window) for a bunch of great safety information from the National Safety Council on how to prevent some of the over 15,000 injuries that happen during decorating every year.

Click this link for pet safety tips from the ASPCA.

Finally, in case something terrible and tragic does happen, make sure your family is covered.  Call us today: (520) 867-4705 or get a quote here.

Up next: how to safely host a holiday dinner!

Happy holidays from all of us here at the Bow Tie Financial Group.  Celebrate to the fullest and be safe!

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