Now that Thanksgiving has passed and it’s time to set up for Christmas -- don’t let Christmas heat up too much — with fire that is. Did you know that Christmas trees alone result in annually $13 million in property damage? More importantly, these fires present real risk towards family and friends. When having a live tree in your home, the combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination.
Christmas trees, both real and artificial are particularly flammable if not properly cared for. Follow these tips for Christmas tree safety:
If real, water the tree immediately. Be sure to continue to water daily and as frequently as necessary as the tree acclimates to the indoor environment.
Place the tree at least 3 feet away from a heat source.
Make sure artificial trees are fire retardant.
When decorating, use only lights rated for use indoors.
Replace lights that appear worn, frayed or broken.
Be sure to unplug the tree before leaving your home or going to bed.
Never go near a live tree with candles, lighters or matches.
Do not link more than 3 light strands unless the directions indicate that it is safe. Instead, connect strands to an extension cord.
When disposing of the tree, do not burn it in a fireplace- they are practically explosive. Instead, bring it to a recycling center or have it picked up by a disposal service.
Even if you are stringent with safety precautions accidents still happen. The professionals at Steamatic of Arkansas have the skill, certifications and experience to deal with property damage and restoration from fire. We understand how overwhelming property damage can be, and our technicians are trained to deal with your property disaster with equal parts compassion and competence.
We service clients throughout the state of Arkansas including: Pulaski County, Saline County, Garland County, Faulkner County, Lonoke County, Conway County, Pope County, Prairie County, Cleburne County, White County, Van Buren County, Yell County, Montgomery County, Hot Spring County, Hempstead County, Pike County, Clark County, Grant County, Perry County and our main offices are located in Little Rock and Hot Springs. For larger jobs we will service all of Arkansas.