City Christmas Tree
Fire chief says use cautionStar-Bulletin staff
when decorating real trees
Ah, the scent of a pine tree in the living room!
Christmas is fast approaching and soon it will be time to go out and claim your Norfolk or other type of tree.
Honolulu Fire Chief Attilio Leonardi is advising residents to buy an artificial tree because they are safer and cleaner.
But if you get a real tree, the chief has some safety tips to ensure a safe holiday season.
Question: What kind of tree stand should I purchase?
Answer: Buy a tree stand that holds at least 1 gallon of water and fits your tree.
Q: What should I do before placing the ornaments?
A: Make sure the tree is secure and won't tip over. And keep the tree away from all flames and heat sources.
The Trees Are Here!
Q: Can I keep my Christmas lights on if I leave home or go to bed?
A: No, turn off all lights.
Q: What should I do before installing lights?
A: Inspect for cracked sockets and frayed, loose or bare wires and connections which may cause a serious electric shock or spark a fire. Also, read all instructions about installation and maintenance.
Q: What type of lights are the best?
A: Use miniature lights, which have cool-burning bulbs.
Q: Can I use candles as decoration on my artificial tree?
A: Never use candles as tree decorations, even on artificial trees.
Q: How can I improve the amount of water the tree consumes?
A: Cut an inch off the trunk to help the tree absorb water and mix a commercial preservative with the water. Also, periodically clean the tree stand with one capful of bleach and 1 cup of water to improve the tree's water intake.
Note: A 6-foot tree will consume about 1 gallon of water every two days.
Q: Where should I put the tree?
A: Away from all flame and heat sources.
Q: What's the safest method to replace Christmas tree light bulbs?
A: Always unplug a light string or electrical decoration before replacing light bulbs or fuses.
Q: What's the best way to dispose of my tree?
A: Recycle it.