1. Water your Christmas tree regularly. A Christmas tree can absorb up to one gallon of water per day, so make sure to keep the water level high in the tree stand.
2. Keep your tree away from heat sources. Heat dries out a tree, causing it to drop its needles and become a fire hazard.
3. Use a sturdy tree stand. A flimsy stand can cause your tree to topple over, damaging both your tree and your floor.
4. Don’t overload your tree with decorations. Heavy ornaments can cause branches to break, and lights can cause the tree to overheat and become a fire hazard.
5. Choose non-breakable ornaments. Glass ornaments are beautiful, but if they fall and break, they can pose a serious danger to small children and pets.
6. Inspect your lights before putting them on the tree. Broken or frayed wires can cause fires, so it’s important to check for damage before plugging in your lights.
7. Keep your tree away from candles. Open flames can quickly cause a Christmas tree to catch fire.
8. Use low-wattage bulbs. High-wattage bulbs can overheat and start a fire.
9. Turn off your lights before you go to bed. This will help prevent fires caused by electrical shorts.
10. When it’s time to take down your tree, dispose of it properly. Many communities have programs to recycle trees, or you can take it to a landfill.