‘Main reason’ Christmas trees catch fire – how to ‘avoid’ damage

Shocking warning of how easily Christmas trees can catch FIRE

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Christmas is a fun, vibrant time of year that’s filled with family gatherings, good food and beautiful festive decorations. However, some Christmas decor, like trees, can pose a risk to your property. With Christmas merely weeks away, GTSE.co.uk shared the best ways to have a safe and damage-free Christmas when putting up decorations, eating Christmas dinner and hanging lights both indoors and outdoors.

Using their expert knowledge, widespread research and speaking with Lindsay Arliss, dog behaviour and training specialist at Wood Green, GTSE.co.uk compiled six ways to avoid damage when decking the halls this Christmas.

Kirstie Batty, head of merchandising at GTSE said: “Although the festive season can bring a lot of joy, it can also be a busy period and manic for many.

“Avoiding any damages or safety issues gives families peace of mind when enjoying Christmas and we hope our advice inspires people to keep themselves and their pets happy throughout.”

Regularly water your trees sat near Christmas lights

One of the “main reasons” for Christmas fires is people using high-voltage bulbs for their Christmas lights next to dry needles on their Christmas trees.

So, make sure you give your trees a nice drink of water over the festive period and spray the leaves using a water spritzer.

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Use cable ties and clips to avoid wall damage

Over the festive period, you’ll likely be hanging seasonal decorations around the home, but it’s important to use tools that don’t damage walls in the process. 

To minimise damage use self-adhesive cable clips which will help you hook hanging decorations up easily.

Another option is to use self-adhesive cable ties which can be used to hang up bulky decorations on walls.

Other options include double-sided tape; which can be used for lighter options; and washi tape; which peels off easily but doesn’t damage decorations or walls.

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Attach ribbons to the staircase

Part of decorating for Christmas involves sticking Christmas cards up on the walls. But, this involves using a lot of tack, which can leave marks on walls and surfaces.

Instead, the experts suggest using ribbons to hang up your Christmas cards against the hallway bannister. This avoids having to remove tack from walls and surfaces.

Avoid using decorations that are harmful to dogs

Most plastic or metal items can pose a danger if consumed by dogs so consider choosing ones that are safe for pets. The experts suggested avoiding the following Christmas decorations:

Decorative glitter or ribbons

Instead, opt for plain brown paper or cardboard. They’ll have just as much fun tearing open the package, and it’s much safer.

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Berries from sprigs of holly or mistletoe

These can be toxic for dogs, so the experts instead suggest decorating homes with artificial versions.

Choose materials for the base of the tree

Placing Christmas trees on top of a sturdy piece of plywood will ensure they remain in place.

If you have hardwood flooring, place a non-skid mat underneath the Christmas tree stand to avoid scratching.

Removing spills

Christmas dinner spills are likely to happen, especially with gravy, sauces and alcohol. If this happens, the experts suggest using a homemade stain-remover.

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The experts suggest sprinkling baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda, or corn starch over the affected area.

Then, leave this to stand for around 15 minutes, before vacuuming the area.

If there’s any marking left over, mix one tablespoon of washing-up liquid with one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water. Then, blot the stain with a white cloth.

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