Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires each year. Common causes of tree fires include shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches.
Keeping your Christmas tree well-watered is the most important factor in preventing fire. The clip below demonstrates what happens when fire touches a dry tree VS a properly maintained, well-watered tree:
Here are 5 tips to prevent Christmas Tree fires:
WATER YOUR TREE
Water your Christmas tree every day and keep the stand filled with water at all times. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily. If your tree becomes dry, discard it promptly.
INSPECT YOUR LIGHTS
Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
USE THE CORRECT DECORATIONS
Only use lights and non-flammable decorations that are intended to be used on Christmas trees.
AVOID HEAT SOURCES
Make sure to place your tree away from sources of heat, including fireplaces and space heaters.
KEEP CANDLES AWAY
Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
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