Picking the perfect Christmas tree is just one part of the holiday season. Once you have it, there are a few safety precautions to take in order to ensure a healthy, injury-free Christmas. Here are some Christmas tree safety tips from us here at Paul Obaugh Ford to help you do just that.
Don’t Leave Pets and Kids Unsupervised
Leaving pets and kids unsupervised around a Christmas tree can be a quick way to end up with a tree on the floor and someone crying. Cats and dogs have a tendency to pull and climb the tree, break ornaments, and playing with electrical cords. Kids, on the other hand, have a tendency to run without looking and could easily find themselves injured by low-hanging branches and pine needles. Always supervise kids and pets around the family Christmas tree.
Avoid Snow Sprays
While artificial snow sprays may look pretty and add a touch of winter spirit to the festive holiday, they can be harmful as well. As it turns out, snow sprays can cause lung irritation if they’re inhaled. No one wants to have trouble breathing, and avoiding artificial snow spray puts you one step closer to a healthy celebration.
Avoid Burning Branches
Home owners should steer clear of burning Christmas tree branches in their fireplace. The branches can contribute to the buildup of creosote, a flammable compound that has the potential to ruin the holiday in one fell swoop. Always dispose of branches (and needles) outdoors.
From all of us at Paul Obaugh Ford, we want to wish you a safe and happy holiday.