One of my favorite Christmas Carols is the one that was sung by the late, wonderful singer Bing Crosby entitled “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and it is! With that in mind, people are purchasing beautiful, fragrant trees and they’re getting the decorations out of storage to hang on the their delicious smelling tree.
That being said, when the trees begin to shed their pine needles and it’s time to “say goodbye” to them for the year far too many people burn them in their fireplaces. If you’re thinking that it would be a great idea for “last of the season” fragrant fire you might be right but you’d be so sorry if you did. By the time the pine needles have been staying around a couple of weeks or more in the living room they’re dry and igniting them in the fireplace is a really bad idea because that tree could simply explode upon being lit.
That lovely tree that you decide to incinerate in the fireplace could end up burning down your house. Each year hundreds (and perhaps thousands) of fires worldwide are started by people attempting to burn their trees. Did you know that Christmas tree fires kill an average of six people a year and they lead to 22 injuries? Just to “top it all off” how about $8.3 million in direct property damage? The electrical issues involved were factors in 33 percent of the fires. Is it worth the risk? I don’t think so!
Here’s some suggestions for keeping your home and tree safe: Keep the trunk in water and check the water levels daily. Locate any tree away from source of heat. Properly install holiday lights. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant. While it may be tempting to keep the tree up for a while after the holidays it’s not a good idea. In fact, the best time to remove it is right after the holidays are over.
This is one of those occasions where the phrase, “better safe than sorry” truly is the best policy!