FRESH Christmas Tree Safety

(December 04, 2019 )

If your Christmas isn't complete without a trip to the local tree farm or lot to pick out a fresh and fragrant spruce or pine, here are a few tips from the Christmas Tree Association to keep the threat of fire at bay this holiday season! 



  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.

  • Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.

  • Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights.

  • Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.

  • Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.

  • Bedtime means lights off! ­ Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.
Do you prefer a fresh or a fake tree for your holiday decor?

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