Christmas trees can be a significant fire hazard. To view
a video showing how severe and rapidly a Christmas tree fire
develops, visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/media/tree1601202web.mov
freshly cut or potted tree has a higher moisture content
than a pre-cut; making it less likely to burn. Cut about
½ inch off the trunk just before putting the tree
in the stand, and then fill it with water. Water your tree
daily, or as necessary to keep the base of the trunk submerged.
Some Christmas tree farms offer the option to treat the
tree with fire retardant.
you prefer an artificial tree, choose one made of flame
retardant or noncombustible material.
Secure the tree in a sturdy base to avoid tipping hazards.
Avoid piling gifts in such a way that they come into contact
with lights or power cords.
placing the tree next to the fireplace, wood stove, and
heater or heat vent to prevent the tree from drying out.
keep plastic ornaments away from hot light bulbs. Styrofoam
ornaments should be avoided. Both materials can ignite easily
and cause a fire to spread rapidly.
the urge to burn your tree in the fireplace. It can cause
or increase the risk of a chimney fire due to the heavy
sap content. In the interest of fire safety and the environment,
take advantage of the tree-recycling program in your community.
Use of festive lighting both indoors, on the tree and outdoors
attached to the house or landscaping can pose fire and electrical
outdoor lighting must be rated for outdoor use; usually
a label is affixed to the light stringer or printed on the
stringer. This rating refers to the fact that the wiring
is manufactured to a different standard of water resistance
and mechanical protection.
not staple and/or nail this type of lighting as they may
damage the insulation and cause a short circuit. Instead,
use plastic hooks and hangers designed for this type of