Safety tips: Christmas tree

Some of you may already have your Christmas tree up. If you have or haven’t please take note of this information.

Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer. Each year, the fire services respond to an average of 200 structure fires caused by Christmas trees.

Picking the tree

  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labelled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1″ – 2″ from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, lights or any other source of heat.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that conform to BS standards. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Always read manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving work, home or going to bed.

After Christmas

  • Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the workplace, home or garage, or placed outside. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.


Merry Christmas!!!



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