Christmas Tree Safety Tips
From stringing holiday lights to hanging up garlands and wreaths, decorating is all a part of setting the mood for a festive holiday season. And while many enjoy curling up on the couch with the smell of a freshly trimmed Christmas tree in the air, our Hawthorne and Santa Monica Allstate insurance center has just a few tips to keep in mind before you rush out to buy the perfect tree for your home or apartment this season!
- Choose A Fresh Tree: If you’re planning on purchasing a natural tree this year, make sure it’s fresh! The fresher the tree the longer it will stay green and pose less of a fire hazard. If you decide to go for an artificial tree, double-check that it is labeled as fire-resistant and has a seal of approval from a safety testing laboratory if it comes pre-lit already.
- Avoid Heat Sources: Trees don’t need warmth. Place your tree at least three feet away from any heat sources, including fireplaces, space heaters, and radiators, and never use lit candles to decorate your tree! It’s also a smart idea for California residents to keep a fire extinguisher handy as well as review their Allstate homeowners insurance policy, just in case the unthinkable happens.
- Practice Light Safety: Planning on stringing your own lights? Only use low energy lights suited for indoor use and take care to attach a maximum of three strings of lights to any one extension cord. Check for damaged or frayed cords before decorating your tree too!
- Be Smart About Decorating: If there are small children or pets in your home, take special care to avoid placing heavy, sharp, or breakable ornaments on your tree. Be sure children can’t reach decorations with small removable parts that can be swallowed or inhaled!
Safely Trim Your Tree With Help From Our California Allstate Insurance Center
Be sure to take some extra time this holiday season to ensure you and your loved ones will be safe and have the coverage you need. For additional Christmas tree safety tips or to learn more about our Allstate homeowners insurance plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Sully Insurance Center and request a quote today!