While it's hard to believe, it's almost the time of year when Christmas trees once again become the focal point of the living room. There's still a large movement of households that feel strongly about purchasing a live tree over an artificial one. This argument holds many merits, such as the tradition of having a real tree and the distinct aroma of evergreens in the home.
However, there are a number of risks associated with having a real tree in the home that threaten home security, most specifically creating the threat of a fire. Even though Christmas tree fires are rare in occurrence, the home security risks that they create can lead to deadly consequences.
Here are 4 ways that your Christmas tree can create a fire in your home:
1. Selecting a tree that is already dried out.
If you get your tree late in the season, you run the risk of purchasing a tree that is already dried out. Depending on where the tree originates from, getting a dry tree is a very real possibility this year as parts of the Southeast have had an exceptionally dry fall. When selecting a tree, keep home security in mind and choose a tree that does not already have brittle needles.
2. Not watering the tree.
As mentioned above, a real tree can pose a major threat to home security if it is to become dried out. This is because it presents a serious fire risk, especially if the tree includes lighting. To help ensure that your tree stays fresh throughout the season, make a fresh cut on the bottom of the trunk to make it easier for the tree to absorb water. The tree should be mounted in water within 8 hours of cutting the tree. You can significantly minimize a real tree's threat to home security by making sure to water it daily.
3. Placing the tree near a heat source.
Scout out a location in your home for your tree that is not near a fireplace, portable heater, radiator, or candles. These heat sources can quickly dry out a tree, raising your home security risk.
4. Keeping your tree longer than 4 weeks.
Thanksgiving is early this year, so if your tradition is to get a tree the day after Thanksgiving, you'll want to dispose of it soon after Christmas. The typical live tree has a life span of 4 weeks. After that, it has a tendency to dry out, which can compromise your safety and home security.
It should also be noted that the pre-lit artificial Christmas trees can be a threat to home security as well. Each time the tree is taken down, the wiring for the lights is at risk of becoming damaged. As a result, the risk of shocks and sparks increases with each year that the tree is re-used.
At J&J Security Services, your safety is our priority. Please contact us for more home security tips for the holiday season.