How to prevent your Christmas tree from catching fire

It only takes 30 seconds for a dry Christmas tree to turn into a flaming inferno ̵[ads1]1; here's how you can prevent that from happening to your tree:

– Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched

– Cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk before placing tree in the stand

– Set up tree at least three feet away from any heat source

– Make sure the tree does not block an exit

– Add water to the tree stand daily

– Use lights that have the label saying they have passed a safety check

– Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulbs

– Never use candles to decorate the tree

– Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed

And here are some more tips for when attaching a bigger Christmas tree to your vehicle:

– Be prepared to be fully responsible for tying the tree to your vehicle. Some sellers fear insurance claims if your car is damaged or if the tree comes off and causes an accident and therefore asks you to be fully responsible for securing it.

– Take a blanket, strong ropes / bungee cords / ratchet straps or similar

– If possible, have the tree netted as this provides a more manageable bundle and helps to prevent

– Place the tree with its trunk towards the vehicle's bonnet.

– Using strong rope, bungee cords, ratchet straps or similar to tightly securely the tree, remembering that if in doubt, overdo it. Trees can really come off of the car, even at lower speeds if not well attached.

– Keep your vision clear. Do not block your mirrors or sight of view with the tree.

– If you put your tree in the vehicle's boot, it's equally important to secure it completely by tying both the tree and the trunk down with rope and making sure that your view is not obstructed.

– If the tree is protruding, the back of your vehicle or if it's sticking out of your trunk, tie a bright, reflective flag to the end of the tree where it protruding.

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