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FACTS
One quarter of home Christmas
tree fires are caused by electrical
problems.
Although Christmas tree fires
are not common, when they do
occur, they are more likely to be
serious.
A heat source too close to the
tree causes roughly one in every
four of the fires.
Christmas Tree
Safety
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.
After Christmas
Get rid of the tree after
Christmas or when it is dry.
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.
Bring outdoor electrical
lights inside after the
holidays to prevent hazards
and make them last longer.
PICKING THE TREE
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 2” 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. Be sure to add water
daily.
LIGHTING THE TREE
Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing
laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or
outdoor use.
Replace any string of lights with worn or
broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read
manufacturer’s instructions for number of light
strands to connect.
Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
Always turn off Christmas tree
lights before leaving home
or going to bed.
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