Christmas tree fires can escalate quickly. Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer. We would like you to consider these tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season.
Picking the Tree
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
- When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “fire-resistant.”
Placing the Tree
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 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.
- Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
- Make sure the base is steady so the tree won’t tip over easily.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
Lighting the Tree
- Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Get rid of the tree after Christmas. 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.