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Christmastime is the Time for Cheer, not Housefires!

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

A Christmas tree branch burns in a campfire. A sacrifice to the fire gods. Hopefully, this will slake their thirst for flaming destruction.

Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, and it’s now the official “Christmas Season.” That’s the good news.

The bad news is the risk that comes with the season: Fires.

Christmas trees smell great, look beautiful, and are a staple in most homes in America (some people use fake trees, but we’re going to pretend those people don’t exist because they probably shouldn’t!), but they’re also incredibly flammable, especially as they age. This is great news when you’re having a January bonfire, but not when you’re away from the house with all the lights on when the electricity goes on the fritz!

If you wish to avoid such a fate, follow these three steps:

  1. Use LED lights. They’re more energy-efficient, which means they give off less heat, lowering risk for fire on your tree.
  2. Turn off the lights when you’re not using them. If a tree falls on the forest floor and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Who knows? But why bother keeping a tree lit up when no one is around to see it? Turn that off when you leave the home and pop them back on when you get back.
  3. Know where the fire extinguisher is. Your chances of fire are fairly low, but these trees burn fast, so you’ll need to get that fire out stat.

Follow these steps and you should be fine. Merry Christmas!

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