PHOENIX, Ore. – Christmas trees and lights are going up in homes, but there are some precautions you need to take to make sure your holidays don’t turn into tragedy. The National Fire Protection Association says from 2000 to 2009, Christmas trees were responsible for about 240 house fires each year.
Home Depot workers say to keep your home safe, you should pick the greenest tree on the lot. Once you get it home, they say you should do everything possible to keep it from drying out, which means keeping away from heaters, fireplaces and draft ways and not putting too many lights on the tree.
“If you have a whole bunch of lights on it, obviously that’s going to cause some heat, so that’s going to try to dry out some of the needles; really its just water, water, water, and make sure you have it filled,” explained Home Depot Helen Hodney.
They also say you should not string too many strands of lights together and suggest using surge protectors.