Date Posted: 05, 2012

Each year, fire departments respond to over 200 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Here are some tips from our Fire and Arson Expert Dan Anderson

  • Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.
  • When picking the tree, choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
  • When placing a tree in the stand, cut 1–2” from the base of the trunk to help its ability to drink more water, add water to the tree stand and be sure to add water daily.
  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant tree.
  • Check the wiring to make sure all the insulation is intact and the bulb fixtures are secure.mhsfire-122109-dhvjpg-052f3064e2c41099_large
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, space heaters, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • 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.

Please everyone have a SAFE and Happy Holidays