The festive season is upon us and homes around NZ are dusting off their decorations in preparation. Some of us (not mentioning any names) already have their tree up and the Christmas music is on repeat. But are you taking dangerous risks with your safety these holidays? We’ve highlighted some common activities that may be putting you and your family in danger, with some simple tips to help you stay safe.
A “real” Christmas tree is a popular choice when it comes to turning your home into a winter wonderland.. nothing quite beats that sweet smell of pine. But, did you know that a real tree can catch fire a lot quicker than an artificial one?
If you do have a real Christmas tree:
• Make sure that you keep it well watered. Real trees can absorb up to a litre of water a day and it’s important that you don’t let it dry out.
• Don’t spray hairspray on the pine needles to stop them dropping off – it’s VERY flammable!
• Keep it well away from heat sources, particularly portable heaters.