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Christmas Tree Fires

Safety Tips

  • When decorating Christmas Trees, always use safe tree lights.  (Some lights are designed only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.) 
  • Any string of lights with worn, frayed or broken cords or loose bulb connections should not be used.
  • Check your strands of lights to determine the number of strands that may be connected.
  • Always unplug Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and to extend their life.
  • NEVER use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • When purchasing a live or cut tree, check for fresh, green needles.
  • Try to keep newly cut trees or live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water daily.  Do not purchase a tree that is dry or dropping needles.
  • Choose a sturdy tree stand designed not to tip over.
  • When purchasing an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled as fire-retardant.
  • Children are fascinated with Christmas trees.  Keep a watchful eye on them when around the tree and do not let them play with the wiring or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, such as fireplaces or radiators.  Try to position the tree near an outlet so that cords are not running long distances.
  • Do not place the tree where it may block exits.
  • Safely dispose of the tree when it begins dropping needles.  Dried out trees are highly flammable and should not be left in a house or garage, or placed next to the house.

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