As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart.
     A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

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 to 2 inches 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 and 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 amaximum 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, 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.

FACTS

  •  Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees.
  •  48% of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
  •  A heat source too close to the tree causes 27% of the fires.

Your Source for SAFETY Information:
NFPA Public Education Division

 

 
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