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Christmas Tree Safety

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Christmas Tree Safety

Unfortunately house fires can start from Christmas tree decorations. These fire spread fast and can cause an immense amount of damage to your home. Please watch the video below and use these helpful hints to help prevent a fire in your home. 

  

Facts & Figures 

  • Between 2003-2007, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 250 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 14 deaths, 26 injuries, and $13.8 million in direct property damage annually.    
  • Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are likely to be serious. On average, one of every 18 reported fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in death.   

A demonstration showing how flammable a dry Christmas tree can be as opposed to a tree watered regularly. This test was conducted by the National Fire Protection Association and Underwriters Laboratories  

 

Christmas tree safety tips 

Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.   

 

Picking the tree   

  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.  
  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1–2” from the base of the trunk.   
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.   
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.   
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.   
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.   
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.   
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.   

After Christmas 

  • Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

 

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