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Christmas Tree Safety Tips


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests several steps to reduce the risk of a Christmas tree fire in your home.


This video highlights the NFPA's tips, and recommends:

- Choosing a healthy tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

- Cutting 5 cm (2 in.) from the base of the trunk to help the tree to draw up water.

- Keeping the tree well-watered. Making sure to check the water level in the stand daily.

- Making sure that the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source (e.g. space heaters, candles, fireplaces, heat vents, or lights).

- Making sure the tree does not block an exit.

- Only using decorative lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

- Turning off tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

- Never using lit candles to decorate the tree.

- Getting rid of the tree after Christmas. Keeping it away from your home/garage.

- Checking with your local community to find a recycling program.




For additional information on Christmas fires and safety from the NFPA visit, Home Structure Fires Involving Christmas Trees (2016): http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/news-and-research/fire-statistics/major-causes/oschristmastrees.pdf?la=en


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