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Don’t Let Your Christmas Tree Become a Deadly Fire Hazard! | ServiceMaster of Rochester Can Provide Fire and Smoke Restoration Services in Rochester, MN!

NFPA), between 2009 to 2013, fire departments responded to about 210 home fires per/year caused by Christmas trees, and an average of 860 fires caused by decorations. Regardless of the cause of fire and smoke damage to your home or business, remember that ServiceMaster of Rochester is available anytime to offer fire and restoration services. Here are a few simple ways to avoid a Christmas tree fire:

  1. Choose a tree with a lot of green needles, smells fresh, and has very few brown needles. Brittle and brown needles indicate that the tree is dried out.
  2. Always provide your tree with plenty of water. There is nothing wrong with giving your tree a good drink daily.
  3. Make sure you check the manufacturer’s labels on lights and decorations to verify that they are flame-retardant.
  4. Inspect all of your holiday lights closely. Old or tattered holiday lights may have frayed wires that can lead to a fire.
  5. Do not overload electrical sockets with too many strings of lights. Always read the packaging and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Never place a real tree close to heaters, fireplaces, candles, or lights. It is a good idea to display your tree at least 3 feet away from any heat sources.
  7. Don’t ever place your tree in front of an exit. If a fire should occur, you need to have a way to get out quickly.
  8. Remember to turn off the lights whenever you leave your home or go to bed at night.
  9. If your tree starts dropping a lot of needles that means it is drying out and it is time to get rid of it.
  10. It is crucial to have properly functioning smoke alarms in your home.
Reviewing some basic fire safety tips to avoid the need for fire and smoke restoration services in your home is always a good idea, according to FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration. Hopefully, following these simple ways to avoid a Christmas tree fire will be helpful when you are trimming your tree for the upcoming holiday season. ServiceMaster of Rochester is always available to offer emergency services, restoration vs. replacement, odor control services, and restoration services in the unfortunate event of a fire in your Rochester, MN home. Give us a call.]]>