Posted on Dec 2, 2023 at 10:00 am by Emily Q
The holiday season is a time for warming up by the fire and decorating a beautiful Christmas tree.
However, combining these two elements can be dangerous if certain precautions are not taken. Indeed, whether natural or artificial, Christmas trees can be flammable and pose a fire risk.
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Preventing fires: choosing the right location for your tree
To avoid any danger, it is essential to position your Christmas tree correctly in relation to the fireplace. Here are some tips to help you with this task:
- Maintain a minimum distance of 1 meter between the tree and the fireplace or any other source of heat (radiator, candle, etc.).
- Avoid placing the tree in a narrow or hard-to-reach area in case of emergency.
- Ensure that the path to the emergency exits is not obstructed by the tree or decorations.
- Make sure that the electrical wires of the fairy lights do not pass through the area near the hearth.
Choose a less flammable tree
The choice of tree can also help reduce the risk of fire. Here are some tips:
- Prefer a freshly cut natural tree, as it will be less dry and therefore less flammable. To check its freshness, pinch a branch between your fingers: if it is flexible and few needles fall, it is a good sign.
- If you opt for an artificial tree, choose one that is fire-resistant and labeled “fire-resistant” or “non-flammable”.
Maintain the hydration of your natural tree
A well-hydrated natural tree is less likely to catch fire. To do this:
- Make a new diagonal cut at the base of the trunk before placing it in the tree stand to facilitate water absorption.
- Regularly check the water level in the tree stand and add more if necessary. A tree can consume up to 1 liter of water per day.
Be attentive to electrical decorations
Fairy lights and other electrical decorations can also pose a danger. To limit the risks:
- Check that the fairy lights are in good condition, without exposed wires or broken bulbs.
- Use NF or CE certified fairy lights, guaranteeing their compliance with safety standards.
- Always turn off the fairy lights when you leave the room or before going to bed.
Monitor your fireplace
Finally, don’t forget to regularly maintain your fireplace:
- Have the chimney swept at least once a year to prevent the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Regularly inspect the condition of the hearth, refractory bricks, and fire screen to avoid any risk of ignition.
- Only use dry and untreated wood to fuel the fire.
By following these wise tips, you can fully enjoy the magic of Christmas around your tree and fireplace in complete safety. Prevention remains the best way to have peaceful, warm, and friendly holidays. Happy holidays to all!