Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Artificial Christmas Tree Fire

This morning we worked with WJLA Channel 7 to highlight how an artificial tree might catch fire and just how quickly it can become engulfed. This was live on Channel 7 and the below video was live on our Periscope page.

Impressive video!

Several of the safety tips for "live" Christmas tress hold true for artificial trees. Remember:

  • Keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators and wood stoves 
  • 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. 
  • Turn off the tree lights when you go to bed, depart from home or leave the tree in an unattended room.

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