When you have kids or pets, or both, it’s easy for your Christmas tree to fall prey to curiosity and rowdiness. Here are a few simple tips to really secure your Christmas tree so kids and pets don’t knock it over and ruin your beautifully displayed Christmas tree.
The best way to secure a Christmas tree is to have a proper Christmas tree stand. The best ones are the metal ones with the 4 screws in it that center the Christmas tree and keep it held tight. You want to be able to apply pressure to the Christmas tree and not have it lean or give permanently in response. A proper tree stand is particularly great for real trees, which don’t have built-in stands to steady them like fake trees. If the Christmas tree tilts when you push on it, then re-center the tree in the stand and make sure the screws are in tightly, even if they dig a bit into the tree trunk. If the Christmas tree leans in the stand, then imagine how it will completely tip over if someone falls into it or a dog or cat messes with your tree.
Even with a proper stand, you can further secure your Christmas tree in your home with fishing line and a simple screw. Simply loop fishing line around the top of the tree and screw in a small screw or hammer in a nail into your ceiling above the Christmas tree after you have it placed in the stand. Then secure the fishing line to the ceiling. This way, even if the tree is knocked into, the fishing line holding the tree to the ceiling (which cannot be seen and will not dig into the tree too roughly) will hold the tree steady.
Securing the middle of the Christmas tree to the wall as well as the fishing line securing the top of the tree is a great maneuver if you have a pesky cat that loves to climb the tree. I did this with my Christmas tree, as shortly after getting the Christmas tree steady in the stand, my dog bolted underneath it and knocked my Christmas tree over. After securing my tree again, I secured my Christmas tree to both the wall and the ceiling so now when my cat bolts up the tree and my dog bolts underneath it, my poor Christmas tree doesn’t get wiped out.
Just make sure that the Christmas tree is secure in the tree stand if you are using fishing line to help support your tree. You don’t want the fishing line to be the only security your Christmas tree has, as the fishing line can either snap under the full weight of the Christmas tree, or will dig into the Christmas tree and can actually snap branches or weak Christmas tree tops.
Propping your Christmas tree in a corner of your living room helps secure the tree as well, and allow it the brace of more walls just in case kids or pets knock into it. Also, keeping hanging ornaments and garlands higher on the tree will keep toddlers and pets from getting too curious and knocking your Christmas tree down. With a few simple tips, you can keep your Christmas tree standing tall all through Christmas, no matter who you have in your home.