For generations of children, it's been the most obvious sign that the Christmas season is really, truly, finally, here: a tree, beautifully decorated, smack in the middle of the house. And, for generations of adults, getting and decorating the tree is one of the season's most familiar traditions.
That familiarity, though, can be a problem. When a tradition becomes too familiar, it's easy to overlook something important, such as safety.
As enchanting as they are, Christmas trees can actually be dangerous. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association says that, on average, fire departments respond to more than 200 fires related to Christmas trees each year.
To help ensure your local fire department doesn’t need to pay you a visit this holiday season, here are some common-sense tips on Christmas tree safety:
Selecting and Setting Up Your Christmas Tree
Decorating and Maintaining Your Holiday Tree
We know a Christmas tree can be a special part of the holidays, and we want you to enjoy the tradition. These safety tips will help.
Happy decorating everyone!
The lyrics sung in the United States to the German tune "O Tannenbaum" begin "O Christmas tree," leading many to think the German word tannenbaum (fir tree) means Christmas tree, the German word for which is instead weihnachtsbaum.
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