Ah Christmas! A magical and DANGEROUS time of year!
As the decs go up, Blake Fire and Security Systems want to make sure you can enjoy a happy and safe Christmas, so here's a warning about your Christmas tree that could save your family from disaster...
The Hidden Danger of The Christmas Tree
An un-watered Christmas tree can be extremely dangerous! Don't believe us? Watch this video from the National Fire Protection Association:
Now that we've got your attention, here's our list of Christmas fire safety tips to prevent a Christmas tree trauma in your home!
1 - Water Your Tree Regularly
As proven in the video, watering your Christmas tree can save your life. A moist tree burns slower, reducing the ferocity of the fire. Set yourself an alarm as a reminder to give your tree a daily drink. It is Christmas!
2 - Never Leave Your Christmas Lights Unattended
Within 30 seconds, the un-watered Christmas tree in the video had destroyed the set. Imagine what could happen if you left your electric tree lights twinkling on a dry tree when leaving the house!
If your lights malfunction and create a spark, your tree would ignite and DESTROY your home in seconds.
Always turn your Christmas tree lights off before leaving your home or going to bed.
3 - Don't Crowd Your Tree!
Whilst it may be tempting to bundle all the presents under the tree, we wouldn't recommend it.
Wrapping paper is highly flammable and can release toxic chemicals when burned. If your tree lights do malfunction and cause a spark, the paper will feed the flames, causing poisonous fumes as well as fire.
4 - Create a Plan of Action
Consider what you would do if the worst should happen. You should always evacuate the building and leave everything behind in the event of a fire.
Identify the easiest route of escape from your home and remove any potential blockages.
5 - Check Your Smoke Alarms!
According to the National Fire Protection Association, you should test your smoke alarms at least once a month.
How reliable are the smoke alarms in your home? Would yours protect you when it mattered?
Keep your family safe this Christmas. Click here to learn more about home fire safety or click the green button below to ask a question about your home security.
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