The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a statement concerning safety and the holiday season.
According to the official statement, consumers may be at risk if they choose to ignore certain safety concerns during this holiday season and because of that, the federal agency decided to launch a series of tips regarding certain common hazards that could undermine your holiday festivities.
The agency has reported that consumers must make sure the tree they purchase are fresh. According to agents, consumers may identify trees when they are fresh by checking if the item is green and if it has little or no hard needles. By checking for freshness, consumers must try to break the branches and see if they break easily. A fresh tree will not lose many needles once the consumer taps the tree to the ground. If the tree is old and its needles are dry, it may pose a serious fire hazard.
Consumers are advised to never place the tree, be it fresh or artificially manufactured, near any heat sources. Vents, radiators or fireplaces can all be hazardous since heated rooms may end up drying out the trees too quickly, increasing the fire risk associated with the presence of live trees in your residence. By keeping the stand beneath the living tree filled with water, the consumer will be able to have a tree that will last much longer. Monitor the tree’s water levels regularly and ensure doorways are not blocked by the tree.
Consumers who choose to purchase an artificial tree should only pick those with the “fire resistant” label. Although the label does not necessarily indicate that the tree won’t catch fire, it signals that this type of material is more resistant than others.
Parents with small children should be especially careful while decorating trees with small children. Ornaments with small parts should be avoided, especially if they look like candy. Children could attempt to put these items in their mouth, which could pose a serious risk to the child.
Candles should be avoided, however, if you must have candles burning in your residence, keep them within sight. The federal agency also urges consumers to place candles on stable surfaces that are also heat-resistant. By placing candles where they can easily be knocked over could pose a serious risk.
For more tips on how to have a safe holiday, click here to read the entire safety announcement issued by the CPSC.