Christmas Tree Safety - Central County Fire & Rescue

Christmas Tree Safety

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur they spread quickly and can cause serious damage. Nearly half of them are caused by electrical problems, and one in four resulted from a heat source that’s too close to the tree.

CCFR recommends using an artificial tree that is labeled, certified or identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant.

If you choose a live tree:

    • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that don’t fall off when touched. Get rid of a tree when the needles start dropping or turn brown; this means the tree is dried out and prone to catch fire.
    • Cut at least an inch off the bottom of the tree before placing it in a tree stand.
    • Water your live tree daily!

No matter which kind of tree you use, place it at least 3 feet from all heat sources, including fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents and lights, and make sure it’s not blocking any exits. Always turn off all Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.