Christmas Tree Safety Tips

December 10, 2016

As the holiday season approaches, families across the country are busy putting up decorations. For some families, no decorations are complete without a big festive Christmas tree. But it’s important to take precautions when bringing a Christmas tree home and to remember to keep maintaining them, as it causes an average of 210 fires cause each year and 1 in every 34 report home Christmas tree fire resulted in a death.

To avoid having to The following are some safety tips regarding holiday fires:

  • Old and dry trees are more likely to catch on fire. Shop for vibrant green needles on trees that are hard to pluck off and doesn’t shed.
  • Place tree away from from all heat sources such as fireplace, heaters, radiators, candles, or lights.
  • Water the tree once a day to ensure the tree doesn’t dry out. (See the video below to see the difference between a Christmas tree fire burning a well watered tree versus a dry tree)
  • Buy only lights that has been tested for safety. Ensure the lights used are in good condition with no fray wires. Never place more than the manufacturer’s recommended amount of lights onto a Christmas tree. Turn off the lights each night. Only use lights outdoor if it’s labeled for outdoor use.
  • Prevent children and pets from playing with the Christmas tree. As they might be attracted to the colorful lights and decorations and pull on wires which may cause electrical fires.

The video below is take from the National Fire Protection Association, portraying the stark contrast between the a fire starting on a dried out Christmas tree as opposed to a well hydrated Christmas tree. 

Christmas tree fire poses as a great potential risk as it causes about 13 million dollars worth of damages each year. A dry tree, electrical problems, and nearby heat sources can become a deadly combination.

JLIS would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!

All information is taken from the National Fire Protection Association, the American Christmas Tree Association, and the U.S. Fire Administration