Make sure the tree is fresh, not
dry and losing it's needles. A tree should not
lose green needles when you tap it on the ground.
If buying a pre-cut tree, make a
new cut approximately one inch above the old cut to
facilitate water movement through the cells.
Leave the tree outside until you
are ready to decorate it.
Trees that are cut early are a
greater danger than trees cut relatively close to
For Christmas trees to be
displayed in commercial and office building or stores,
the trees must be treated with a Fire Marshal approved
The stand should hold at least one (1) gallon of water. A
6-foot tree will use approximately one (1) gallon of water
every two days.
Be sure to check the water level every day.
Before using lights on the tree
make sure that they are UL listed. Never use more than
three strings of lights on one circuit.
Make sure that all connections are
tight and the bulbs and cords are in good condition, not
loose or frayed as to cause a short.
Replace older style, light bulb type lights. These
light bulbs produce too much heat and can cause various
When buying new lights, buy low-heat mini-lights.
These lights are much safer.
Remember: If any of your lights
are too hot to handle, you run the risk of someone (especially
a child) touching the lights and burning their
Be able to turn off the lights
without having to crawl under the tree.
Artificial trees should be made of
flame resistant materials, and lights should never be
used on trees with metal frames.
Never leave the lights on when
leaving the house or when going to bed.
Keep candles away from Christmas
trees. Never use candles as Christmas tree decorations.
When shopping for Christmas tree
ornaments, attempt to find ones which are flame
If purchasing special electrical
or battery powered ornaments, such as special smoke
make sure they are approved for home use.
When selecting a location to setup
your tree, attempt to locate it in a cool location.
Avoid placing it in an area close
to heating appliances or the fireplace. This will not
only dry the tree out prematurely, but can also increase
the chance of accidental ignition.
Keep the tree out of high traffic
areas, and away from stairways and doors.
Secure the tree so that it cannot
be knocked over by pets or a small child.
to Remove a Tree
The Fire Department recommends
that a tree be removed from the home in the event that
it becomes dry and begins shedding needles. DON'T TAKE A
Remove the tree as soon as
possible after Christmas. Dispose of all papers and
boxes at once, do not allow them to accumulate.
Never burn a tree in a fireplace.
Dry Christmas trees burn very hot and extremely quick.
The fire may rapidly leave the fireplace and move into
your room. Also, a Christmas tree is very oily and may
damage your fireplace.