Holiday Fire Safety
Updated: May 31, 2020
Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires each year. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be. Here is everything you need to know about keeping your home and family safe from fires during the holiday season!
FACTS ABOUT HOLIDAY HOME FIRE SAFETY
One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four of Christmas tree fires.
December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
One-third of all candle fires start in the bedroom.
SAFETY AND YOUR TREE— QUICK TIPS
Natural trees should be cut at a 45 degree angle
Place tree away from sources of heat
Use only non-flammable decorations
Inspect lights for frayed wire or other defects before use
Do not leave lights on unattended
Keep the tree stand full of water at all times
When the tree becomes dry, discard it immediately
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Source for Content: U.S. Fire Administration and National Fire Protection Association and Maryland State Firemen's Association