Christmas Tree Safety Tips
Although Christmas tree fires are not common, they are more likely to be very serious when they occur. Follow these Christmas tree safety tips to make sure your holidays stay merry.
Picking a Tree
- Choose a tree with fresh green needles that do not fall of when touched.
Placing the Tree
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2″ form the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least 3′ from any heat source like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water tot he tree stand daily. (A dry tree is an extreme fire hazard!)
Lighting the Tree
- Use lights that have a label of an independent testing laboratory like UL. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any sting of lights with damaged cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions to find out the appropriate number of light strands to safely connect in a series.
- Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
- Get rid of the tree soon after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and should not be left in your home, 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.
This article was taken from the Public Education section of NFPA’s website. Click here for a link to that article.