November 25

Tips For Safely Decorating Your Trees for the Holidays



With the holidays coming up, everyone is decorating their trees for the holidays – both indoors and outdoors. A lot of attention is paid to the indoor tree because of the risk of fire. However, fewer people pay attention to the risk associated with decorating trees outdoors. Whether you are just throwing a few light strings over your trees or you want to wrap them completely, some of the tips are the same.

Many of these tips, and others – including for decorating your indoor trees – can be found on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

Safety Tips For Safely Decorating Outdoor Trees

  • Make sure that the lights you use are labelled for outdoor use – if they can’t get wet and someone touches them, it can lead to shock.
  • If you use extension cords, make sure there aren’t any snags or tears and make sure they are graded for use – don’t go with the cheap version here!
  • The same goes for your lights – make sure there aren’t any frayed wires.
  • If you are using a ladder, make sure you have someone to spot you.
  • Make sure the ladder is on even ground before you climb up!
  • Heed weight warnings on ladders.
  • NEVER try to balance or hang on tree branches, they can snap much more easily than you think, and that can result in injuries.
  • Turn off the lights before you go to bed or before you go away for a long period of time.
  • Better yet – put the lights on a timing system so that you don’t have to worry about it.
  • Try to buy lights from the same brand – they are more likely to be compatible.


Bonus Tip: When you are buying a Christmas tree, you want to make sure you get the healthiest one possible to last you throughout the season. It should be difficult to pull any of the needles from the branches, and all of the needles should be green. Try to bend the needles between your fingers, if they break, move on to another tree! Finally, cut the trunk of the tree about two more inches from where it was when you bought it so that it can absorb water better!

If you have any questions at all about tree care this winter, or you experience any problems, please do not hesitate to give us a call! Go outside and light up Indianapolis so it becomes a winter wonderland!

Header Photo Courtesy of Andrew Wilkinson on Flickr!

Menchhofer Tree Care

About Steve Menchhofer

Steve Menchhofer has been caring for the trees of the Indianapolis, Indiana metro area for over 40 years. Steve and his team of experienced, certified arborists are members of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Indiana Arborist Association.

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