Christmas Trees Fire Safety Tips.
13th December 2012
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Christmas Trees


Selecting trees:

  • · Needles should be green and hard to pull back from the branches· Trunk should be sticky to the touch
  • · Bounce the tree trunk on the ground if lots of needles fall off it’s dried out


  • · Do not place your tree close to a heat source including a fireplace or heat vent
  • · Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks
  • · Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.

Disposing of tree:

  • · Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove
  • · Dispose of your tree by taking to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.



U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated annual average of 240 home fires thatbegan with Christmas trees.


These fires caused:

  • · 13 civilian fire deaths
  • · 27 civilian fire injuries
  • · $16.7 million in direct property damage


Electrical problems were factors in 33% of home Christmas tree fires

A heat source being too close to the tree were factors in 20% of these fires

Candles started 11% of home Christmas tree fires


Holiday Lights


Maintain lights by inspecting them each year for:

  • ·frayed wires
  • · bare spots
  • · gaps in the insulation
  • · broken or cracked sockets
  • · excessive kinking or wear before putting them up


Do not link more than 3 light strands together


Wires should never be warm to the touch


Do not leave holiday lights on unattended




Holiday lights were involved in an average of 150 home fires per year, resulting in anaverage of:

  • · 8 civilian deaths
  • · 14 civilian injuries
  • · $8.5 million in direct property damage


Electrical problems caused 73% of these fires

Flammable objects too close to the lights caused 15% of the fires

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