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Do live trees present as fire hazards?


Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are more deadly than other house fires.  This, according to the National Fire Protection Agency’s November 2017 report and fact sheet.  When you have a living Christmas tree in your home, what can you do to prevent a disastrous house fire?


3 things to be sure you do when you have a living Christmas tree:


  1. Water your tree daily. Fresh cut trees must remain hydrated. Your tree will absorb best if you trim the stump. This will keep the tree fresh and prevent needles from falling.
  2. Avoid open flames. Whether it be a fireplace or candles, always be conscious and aware to place your tree away from these potential hazards. A tree ignited by flame can be fully engulfed in under 60 seconds. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby and ready in case of an emergency.
  3. Watch your electrical usage. Do not use extension cords to light your Christmas tree.  String the appropriate number of strands together that are allowed for lights, and plug the end directly into the outlet. Check the lights each year for splits, freys, and worn wires.


No Dry Trees:

Trees that are dry are fire hazards.  Be sure that you have a fresh cut tree when you start the season.  Water it daily.  Continue to water it daily and keep the water at a level where the tree can drink from the water source. You do not want your tree to be a fire hazard, so check the needles often.  Needles that are okay, bend.  Needles that are too dry, break off the tree.  Your tree needs to be removed from your home when the needles start to break off.


In conclusion,

There are many things you can do to ensure your living Christmas tree does not become a fire hazard.  You can be sure to give the tree fresh water daily.  You can be sure not to overload your electrical usage and use extension cords near your living Christmas tree.  And you can be certain there are no candles nearby your tree.  These are the three main risk factors for house fires caused by Christmas trees in the months of November, December, and January.


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