How to Safely Set Up a Christmas Tree
Every year, U.S. fire departments respond to ≈160 fires that started from a Christmas tree. These fires cause injuries and death along with millions of dollars in property damage. To keep your family and home safe this holiday season, follow these tips below.
Choosing a Tree
- If choosing a real tree, use one with fresh, green needles that do not fall off with normal movement
- Remember to water your tree daily
- If using an older tree, make sure the pieces aren't broken and are stable enough not to fall over
Lighting the Tree
- Make sure to use indoor lights and not outdoor lights
- Never leave lights on at night or while away from home
- Do not use candles as lights or have near the tree. Contact with a flame is not needed for ignition
- Replace any broken or frayed lines that are on your lights
Placing the Tree
- Do not place your tree within 3 feet of any heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or powerful lights
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit and isn't in a path where people or pets could trip over it
Christmas is a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family. Be sure to use caution and safety and have a great holiday season!