Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips

Jacquelyn Bennett
Written on November 9, 2015

December. Snow falling, cookies in the oven, wrapping gifts, time with loved ones, the smell of pine, and the warm glow of a Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is one of the most common things you will find in a house during the Christmas season. Every year people all over the world decorate it with lights, ribbons, ornaments and more. It is certainly a cherished Christmas tradition. However, did you know that between the years of 2009-2013 there were 210 home fires that started with a Christmas tree (NFPA.org) ? From these fires, there were 7 deaths and 19 injuries and 3 out of every 10 fires started with electrical problems! We have some helpful tips that will help you lower your risk of a fire, so the only fire you will be roasting chestnuts over will be in your fireplace!

When choosing a tree

  • If it is artificial, check the tag to make sure that it is labeled as fire retardant.
  • If it is a real tree, make sure it is green, fresh and no needles fall off when it is moved or touched.

Maintaining the tree

  • Make sure the trunk has been freshly cut. If not, cut one or two inches off.
  • Water the tree daily, to prevent it from becoming too dry.
  • Keep it away from any heat sources and don’t block any exits.
  • When the tree begins to drop needles, it is time to get rid of it. A dry tree is a huge fire hazard.

Decorating the tree:

  • Make sure any lights you use are specifically for indoors.
  • Never use candles around the tree or on it.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Do not use any strands with broken bulbs, and read manufacturers instructions to know how many strands can be used together.

* Safety tips courtesy of NFPA.org.