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AAA Offers Christmas Tree Safety Tips – How to Tie One On and Get Lit Safely
PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 12, 2019) The mad dash for the perfect Christmas tree has begun and ensuring safety while transporting the tree should be at the top of this year’s Christmas list. If not properly secured, a tree can cause vehicle damage such as scratched paint, torn door seals or distorted window frames. Even worse, it could fly off or out of the vehicle and become a danger to other drivers.
According to AAA research, an estimated 84 million Americans (33 percent) will purchase a real Christmas tree and of those:
“Twine that is wrapped around trees and looped through door jambs or open windows can cause serious vehicle damage such as scratched paint, torn door seals and distorted window frames – damage that could cost up to $1,500 to repair,” said Jana L. Tidwell, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "Worse yet, improperly securing a Christmas tree to your vehicle could present a serious road danger if it comes loose and flies off into traffic.”
Tie One On - Properly
AAA notes, transporting a real Christmas tree is east as long as you have the tools and follow these simple tips:
In Pennsylvania, under PA General Assembly Title 75, the general rule is that no vehicle shall be driven or moved on any highway unless the vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent any of its load from dropping, sifting, leaking or otherwise escaping. Violations can result in a fine of between $100 and $1,000, dependent on whether the violation caused an injury.
Once the Christmas tree reaches its holiday home safely, proper placement and decorations are key to prevent a devastating house fire. The National Fire Protection Association reports that although Christmas tree fires are rare, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious:
“No one wants to have their holiday ruined by a house fire that could have been prevented,” said Billy Richardson, Ogden Fire Company Captain. “While you may look at your tree as the centerpiece of your holiday decorations, you must treat it as a potential fire danger and take steps to protect your family and your home.”
Make sure the fireplace is all that gets “lit.”
Ogden Fire Company offers the following tips to reduce the risk of a house fire this Christmas.
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