Holiday Safety Tips
Harford County is home to a number of Christmas tree farms offering fresh trees and wreaths for the holiday season. To help citizens find a live tree, and to support these local businesses, the county government website has an interactive map of tree farm locations with links to their websites, business hours, and directions. The map is available by clicking the Christmas tree icon on the Harford Farm Finder at www.harfordcountymd.gov/harfordfarmfinder.
“A live Christmas tree is a cherished holiday
tradition,” County Executive Barry Glassman said. “Harford County’s online map
makes it easy to find a local farm and support these family businesses.”
Harford County Department of Emergency Services also urges citizens to follow
these safety tips for live trees and holiday decorations.
- Choose a fresh
tree with green needles.
- Make sure your
tree is properly stabilized.
- Water your tree
- Beware of
decorations that pets may tug on or play with, causing your tree to fall.
- Place your tree
at least three feet away from floor vents, fireplaces, radiators, candles,
lamps and other heat sources.
- Use indoor lights
that are approved by a national testing organization such as UL.
- Replace lights
that have worn or broken cords, or loose connections.
- Do not overload
your electrical outlets.
manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands you can safely
- Always turn off
or unplug lights before going to bed or leaving your home.
fireplace ashes and all smoking materials in a metal receptacle outside and away
from your home.
- Install working
smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially inside and outside
- Practice your
family’s fire escape plan, and stay safe for the holidays.