Even with Christmas still four weeks away, a lot of people are putting up Christmas trees already.
And, this time of year, fire safety can be critical to enjoying the season.
Sure there are different schools of thought on the Christmas tree itself. Freshly cut or artificial. Balsam fir, scotch pine or white spruce, name a few.
Now after the perfect tree has been taken home, there are some safety tips you’ll want to keep in mind.
“As far as live trees, the most important thing is keeping them watered. Very well watered,” said Assistant Bangor Fire Chief Darrell Cyr during a Sunday morning interview.
A lot of people are set in their ways about the size or color of the bulbs they’ll use As far as safety goes, there are more important issues.
Cyr said, “The lights that you put on them, make sure they’re UL listed. If they’re lights you’ve used a couple of time, make sure they’re in good repair. No frayed wires. That things are okay with the wires.”
And, don’t overload electrical outlets.
“Different lighting manufacturers will give you different recommendations on how many you can plug together. I would follow manufacturers recommendations,” he said.
So, no matter whether you have a fake tree or a real tree, make sure you have a safe tree.