Between the wreaths, Christmas flowers, menorahs and Christmas trees, many peoples' homes are filled with more fire hazards during the holiday season than usual. With a few fire safety tips you can still decorate for Christmas with flowers and greens without worrying about safety.
If you buy a live tree to decorate, look at the needles to make sure they are green and lush - not brown and brittle. A good test to try is to bend one of the pine needles in half. If it breaks, the tree is too dry, but if it springs back to its original shape it will stay healthy and green for longer. Not only is this less of a fire hazard, it means you can keep it up for longer. You should also always give the tree plenty of water to keep it refreshed and prevent the dry heat in your home from drying it out.
Keep your tree at least three feet away from any flame or heat source - this goes for menorahs, too, if you happen to decorate for Hanukkah as well. Never put candles on your tree - an elegant alternative to this is using Christmas floral decorations like poinsettias to trim the tree.
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