Christmas Tree Safety Tips
United States firefighters respond to roughly 175 Christmas tree fires per year. Although Christmas tree fires are uncommon, when these types of fires occur they can be very costly in repair and restoration. Follow these Christmas tree safety tips below to lessen the risk of a fire.
- When purchasing a Christmas tree, the fresher the tree, the less of a fire hazard. Look for a tree that has flexible pine needles that don’t break easily from the branch.
- Watering a Christmas tree is very important and the tree stand should contain a constant source of water to prevent the tree from drying up.
- Make sure that your Christmas tree is placed far enough from heating sources such as a fireplace, radiators, or candles.
- Check each set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed wires, or lose connections that could be a fire hazard.
- Beware of how many light strands you have plugged into an extension cord that is plugged into one outlet.
- Remember to unplug the Christmas tree lights when leaving the home or going to bed.