Christmas Tree Safety
• One of every three home
Christmas tree fires are
caused by electrical
• Although Christmas tree
fires are not common,
when they do occur, they
have a higher chance to be
• A heat source too close
to the tree causes one in
every five of the fires.
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 1–2” 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
Lighting the tree - Use lights that have the label of an independent
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. Connect no
more than three strands of mini string sets and
a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read
manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED
strands to connect.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving
home or going to bed.