Guide to a safe Christmas Tree
As much fun as we can have, safety should always be in mind especially when it comes to having an entire tree in your living room. Here is a guide you should follow for a safe Christmas tree.
Step 1: Make sure your Christmas Tree has a sturdy base.
A Christmas Tree cannot stand on its own. It will need the help of a Christmas Tree base for it to not topple. Depending on how tall your Christmas Tree is, the wider the base, the safer it is. And make sure that the base together with the tree is on an even surface. The Christmas Tree is likely to topple if allowed to stand at an angle.
Never try to make a Christmas Tree stand on its own without a base or try to let it lean into a corner as it will likely topple and will be of a safety hazard.
Step 2: Ensure that your electrical appliances are CPSR approved.
Sure we would all like to save when it comes to decorations that would only be used once every year, but some items are just not worth the risk. When it comes to buying fairy lights for your Christmas Tree, make sure that it is Consumer Protection (Safety Requirements) Regulations (CPSR) approved, which can be easily identified with their sticker which may be familiar to some. It is a must for appliances to be CPSR approved in Singapore. However, appliances bought online, especially when it comes from over the border might not carry its safety guarantee.
Never pay for something that has a risk. If you are unsure or doubtful of a product’s safety, you can find out more about CPSR at : https://www.enterprisesg.gov.sg/quality-standards/consumer-protection/for-suppliers/regulations-and-guidelines-for-suppliers/regulations-and-guidelines-for-suppliers/consumer-protection-safety-requirements-regulations
Step 3: Move any live flame or heat sources away from the Christmas tree.
No matter how fresh your Christmas tree is, never have any live flames or heat sources near it or else it may catch on fire which is not what we want. Your Christmas tree should not be near any heat source to be exact! In order to prevent any fire from happening, move all your candles or appliances that you feel may produce heat away from the Christmas Tree. If it is anything that should be near the Christmas Tree, it should be the presents.
Never ever try to place candles or any kind of heat source near a Christmas tree even if it may be for just a quick photo as anything could happen in just a click.
Step 4: Turn off the Christmas Lights when not in use.
Just like every other appliance that you have at home, it should be turned off when not in use or unattended. Your fairy lights may be CPSR approved, but you should never take the risk of leaving it on for the whole night! No matter what kind of light source it may be, fluorescent or LED, it will produce heat after a period of time which is what we do not want and goes back to Step 3.
Never leave your fairy light on for the whole night and turn it off when it is unattended. This good habit can be applied for every appliance you have may it be at home or at work.
Step 5: Keep the wiring of your fairy lights neat and away from any path.
Fairy lights especially those that are meant for Christmas Trees usually come with very long wires to ensure that there is an allowance for the appliance to be plugged in. Once you are done with wrapping the Christmas Tree in your fairy lights, ensure that there are no wires that are obstructing any walkway. A wire along a walkway is capable of tripping someone, and may even pull the entire Christmas Tree along with it. Not only will someone topple, but the Christmas tree might topple too.
Never ignore the mess of wires as they are a safety hazard and may cause unforeseen accidents. Keep them tucked away in a safe corner and enjoy a safe Christmas.
Having an entire tree in your living room does have its risks, but there are measures that we can follow to overcome them. We hope that by following this guide, you will have a peace of mind and enjoy a Merry Christmas.
Should you require further assistance, our team also provides Christmas tree delivery, set up and dismantling services free-of-charge.