HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!
We do love our Christmas trees with all the ornaments and lights. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing and decorating your tree.
If you own or are buying an artificial tree, look for a fire-resistant label. When putting it up, keep it away from fireplaces, radiators, and other sources of heat, including candles.
If getting a live tree, make sure it’s fresh by bending the needles up and down to make sure no needles fall off. Water daily to keep it fresh. If you have dogs and/or cats, you know that they love to drink tree water. Make sure to check the water frequently.
If using older decorations, check their labels. Some older tinsel is lead-based. If using angel hair, wear gloves to avoid irritation. Avoid breathing in artificial snow.
Check all holiday light cords to make sure they aren’t frayed or broken. It’s also best to check that all of the lights are working before you put them on the tree. Don’t string too many strands of lights together—no more than three per extension cord. Don’t use electric lights on metallic trees. And please don’t forget to turn off all holiday lights when going to bed or leaving the house.
From all of us at SERVPRO® of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie, we wish you a very merry and safe holiday season!