Holiday Tree

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Christmas Tree Safety

  • If purchasing a live tree, check for freshness by pulling on the needles. If they are brown or come off easily, the tree is probably dry and can be a fire hazard.
  • When setting up the tree, try to position it near an electrical outlet to keep cords short.
  • Cut two to five centimetres diagonally off the base of the tree, and place it securely in a large holder; ensure that the water in the holder stays at least one centimetre above the cut to prevent the tree from drying out.
  • Before leaving home or going to sleep, always unplug tree lights.
  • For an artificial tree, check the label to ensure it is fire-retardant.
  • If using an aluminum or metal tree, do not decorate with strings of lights or electrical products (these trees are conductors of electricity).
  • Make sure any tree is kept away from exits, heat vents, fireplaces, radiators, televisions and other heat sources.

Disposing of Holiday Trees

  • The best way to dispose of a live tree is to take it to a recycling centre or have it hauled away by a community pick up service.

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