The saddest thing ever ... a decorated Christmas tree that has crashed to the ground.
There are several reasons this might happen.
- The base is too small and lightweight for the heavy tree.
- Tree is unbalanced with ornaments and decorations only on one side of the tree.
- Unprotected location.
- Puppies, kittens and little kids.
Bolts in the wall or ceiling may sound extreme, but an eye hook with a strong wire are also used by decorators to keep a tree from toppling.
Always decorate the tree on all sides balancing it as you go along. e.g. don't decorate one entire side and then go to the other side of the tree.
Tuck the tree in a corner or in a spot that is not in a traffic pattern. If it is in traffic pattern area, take extra precautions, such as wires attached to the walls.
It's hard to keep pets away from the tree, but you know your animals, so decorate accordingly!