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Expert shares the three places you should never put your Christmas tree

Rhiannon Ingle

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Expert shares the three places you should never put your Christmas tree

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We're less than three weeks away now until the big day and I'm sure many of us are eager to get the Christmas tree up, if we haven't already.

However, according to an expert, there are three places you should never put your Christmas tree.

Warren Kinloch, an interior expert at Bathroom Deal, explained exactly why it's so crucial to properly consider where to place your tree to ensure safety and prevent any festive mishaps.

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The first no-go area in your home to place your tree is the bathroom.

Now, while I'm sure this one is fairly obviously given the fact most people would prefer to have their Christmas tree in a communal area as opposed to viewing material in the bog, there's an actual reason why you should hold off putting it up there.

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Warren explains: "Placing a Christmas tree in the bathroom, even a small one for decorative purposes, might seem like an attractive option, especially if space is limited in other areas of the home.

"However, this location poses several potential hazards."

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The expert notes that the moist and damp environment of the bathroom can quickly dry out the tree which, in turns, makes it unattractive and even more susceptible to fire.

An interior expert has warned of the three places you should never put your Christmas tree. Credit: Siri Stafford / Getty Images
An interior expert has warned of the three places you should never put your Christmas tree. Credit: Siri Stafford / Getty Images

"Secondly," Warren continues, "the tree's sharp needle-like branches could restrict movement in a smaller bathroom, easily obstruct access to a shower or bathtub, creating a safety hazard."

If that wasn't enough to make you hold off whacking your Christmas tree in the loo - this one should definitely turn you off from the idea once and for all.

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Warren goes on: "Lastly, it’s simply unhygienic to have your Christmas tree located anywhere near your toilet, as bacteria could easily spread onto the tree."

Not very festive...

Christmas trees should be kept far from heat sources. Credit: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc / Getty Images
Christmas trees should be kept far from heat sources. Credit: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc / Getty Images

Next up on the list of where not to place your tree is near a radiator or heat source because the warmth radiating from a heater or radiator can rapidly dry out a Christmas tree, again turning it into a fire hazard.

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"The heat can cause the tree's needles to become brittle and easily ignite," Warren explains. "Although uncommon, this can increase the risk of a fire.

"It's essential to keep the tree at least three feet away from any heat sources, including radiators, fireplaces, and heating vents."

The expert says you should avoid placing your tree in entryways. Credit: Liudmila Chernetska / Getty Images
The expert says you should avoid placing your tree in entryways. Credit: Liudmila Chernetska / Getty Images

And lastly, you should refrain from popping your tree near doors and other entryways.

While it may be giving winter wonderland realness, placing a Christmas tree near doors and entryways can also pose a safety hazard.

The interior expert notes that the tree's branches could obstruct access to these exits which make it difficult to escape in case of an emergency.

He adds: "Additionally, the tree could easily be knocked over by people entering or exiting the room, creating a tripping hazard and potentially damaging the tree or causing injuries.

"To ensure safety, maintain a clear path around doors and entryways, keeping the tree at a distance of at least three feet."

So - where on earth can you place your Christmas tree this season?

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Well, Warren suggests choosing a location away from high-traffic areas to prevent the tree from being knocked over as well as placing the tree on a sturdy stand to ensure stability.

He also advises keeping the tree away from heat sources, including radiators, fireplaces, and heating vents alongside avoiding placing the tree near curtains or drapes to prevent the risk of fire.

The expert's final tip is simply to remember to water the tree regularly to keep it hydrated and prevent it from drying out.

Topics: Home, Life, Christmas

Rhiannon Ingle
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