Christmas Tree & Candle Safety

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The holiday season brings joy and excitement to families, but it can also bring tragedy. Careless handling of Christmas trees, candles and lights can cause fires. A dried out tree can catch fire and burn a living room in just 30 seconds.

Trees

  • Look for a live tree that is not shedding needles. If branches snap when bent, it is a sign that the tree is already too dry.
  • Before setting it in a tree stand, cut one inch off the bottom of your tree so it will draw water better. In the first three days, a tree will need approximately three gallons of water.
  • Keep your tree in a water-holding stand and full of water. 
  • Do not place the tree near any heat source.
  • Artificial trees should have safety approved labels (UL or FM).
  • Take the tree down as soon as the holidays are over.
  • More Christmas tree safety tips.

Lights & Extension Cords

  • Check your extension cords and wiring.  Do not use anything cracked or broken.
  • Do not overload circuits or extension cords.
  • Do not place lights or candles near anything that can easily catch on fire like curtains, furniture or bedding.
  • Use only laboratory approved lights.
  • Turn tree lights off before going to bed or leaving house.
  • Never use electrical decorations on an aluminum tree.

Candles

  • Never use candles on a tree.
  • Do not place lights or candles near anything that can easily catch on fire like curtains, furniture or bedding. 
  • Do not place them where they can easily be knocked over like in windows or near exits. 
  • Put candles in non-flammable, sturdy holders or candlesticks. 
  • Use only lighters designed to be child resistant and keep all matches and lighters out of the children's reach.
  • More candle safety tips.