Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages Floridians to use caution when decorating this holiday season to prevent fire hazards.
TALLAHASSEE – As Floridians decorate their homes and businesses for the holidays, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service released a list of five tips today to help Floridians prevent fire hazards.
According to the National Christmas Tree Association, Americans will purchase nearly 35 million natural Christmas trees this season. Natural trees and greenery are renewable resources and when consumers purchase Florida-grown trees, they’re supporting the local economy.
However, with dry conditions around the state, there is the potential for fires and Floridians should use caution when decorating trees or hanging lights.
1. Keep natural and artificial Christmas trees away from fireplaces, portable heaters and other heat sources.
2. Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant decorations on a tree.
3. Check the labels on lights to make sure they were tested at a facility, such as UL or ETL, and follow manufacturer’s instructions for use.
4. Discard any lights with cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.
5. Always turn off holiday lights and blow out candles when going to bed or leaving the house.