Sitting on your couch, with a cup of hot chocolate and a blanket as you look at the soft glow only your Christmas tree can provide, brings the holiday spirit into your home. The twinkle of Christmas lights is one of the most beautiful parts of the holiday season. But when you have a live Christmas tree in your home, it could be a fire risk, and many people don’t think about that. Between 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 210 home structure fires per year that began with Christmas trees! Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to share tips that will keep your live Christmas tree from becoming a fire hazard.
Cut the Stump of Christmas Tree Before Putting it in Tree Stand
You may not fully realize this, but even though your Christmas tree has been cut down, it is still very much alive. This live tree needs to be fed and watered in order to avoid risk of fire. When you first purchase your tree, you need to go home and cut the very bottom of the stump off before putting it in your tree stand. This will open up the trunk and prepare it to drink water. After you have cut the bottom of the stump, get it in water quickly before you need to do it again.
How Often to Water Christmas Tree
Keeping the tree stand filled with water is crucial in keeping this Christmas tree alive throughout the entire holiday season. You should check it multiple times a day and add water as needed to keep it full at all times. Your tree will drink more water in the first week than it will the week of Christmas. If your tree stand runs out of water, your Christmas tree will start to dry out before the season is over.
Keep Your Christmas Tree Away from Heat Sources
When placing your Christmas tree in the room, make sure it is not sitting next to any heat sources. These heat sources might include your furnace vents. The hot air that blows from these vents will speed up the drying process of your tree. You should also avoid putting your Christmas tree next to any fireplaces. You don’t want a spark to end up landing on your tree and causing a house fire. Avoid lighting any candles near your tree as well, because any open flame is a fire risk.
HVAC Fire Restoration
If you have fallen victim to a house fire, it can be utterly devastating. Starting the clean-up process can seem overwhelming. Your HVAC system might not be one of the first things you think about after experiencing a house fire. If your HVAC system isn’t restored after a house fire, it can end up causing problems later on. It can not only cause problems for you HVAC system when soot and ash are in your ductwork, but it can cause problems for your health as well.