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You Will Need
- Live or artificial Christmas tree
- 3 ft. x 3 ft. piece of plywood
- Heavy-duty wood screws
- Sturdy tree stand
- Ceiling hook
- Heavy-gauge wire
- LED lights
- Painter's or duct tape
- Stuffed ornaments without small pieces
- Plastic ball ornaments
- Child safety fence (optional)
Purchase a tree
Choose a live or artificial tree with a wide base as it will have a lower risk of tipping.
Attach your tree stand to a 3-foot by 3-foot piece of plywood using heavy-duty wood screws for increased stability.
Insert the tree into the stand, making sure that it is securely attached and won't tip over.
Attach to ceiling
Screw a ceiling hook into the ceiling directly above the tree. Attach heavy-gauge wire securely to the top of the tree trunk and connect to the ceiling hook to prevent tipping.
Run LED lights around the tree closest to the trunk and at least 2 feet up from the floor to prevent little hands from grabbing the lights.
Hide the cord
Hide the light cords and plugs behind a big piece of furniture. Tape cords to the floor with painter's or duct tape to secure them.
Use ribbon hangers
Cut lengths of ribbon to hang each ornament instead of using potentially dangerous ornament hooks.
Hang stuffed or plastic ornaments that do not have small or breakable parts. Use ornaments that are safe in the hands of children.
Move furniture away
Move any furniture that can be used to climb the tree or grab hold of the upper section at least 2 feet away from the Christmas tree.
Show the tree off
Explain to your child how the tree can be dangerous despite its beauty. Let them know that the tree is for looking at only. Now enjoy the tree and your beautiful decorations.