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Christmas Tree Safety

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On the average, during  December over 600 Christmas tree fires occur. These fires cause:

  • 33 people to lose their lives
  • Serious injury to 112 people
  • Over $21 million dollars in damage
  • Fire-resistant non-metallic  artificial tree are highly recommended.
  •  If you get a real tree:
    • It should not lose its needles when tapped on the ground.
    • Cut 1” off the trunk then place in water immediately to help the tree absorb water.
    • Tree stand should hold at least 1 gallon of water
    • A 6 foot tree will use 1 gal. of water every 2 days.
    • Check water level every day.
    • Keep the tree away from floor heaters, fireplaces, or other heat sources.
  • Christmas TreeUse only UL-approved lights, and no more than 3 strands linked together.
  • Wash your hands after handling lights and decorations – Due to lead dust found on most imported decorations.
  • Use miniature lights - which have cool-burning bulbs.
  • Turn off the Christmas lights when you sleep, or leave your home.
  • Never use real candles on or near an artificial or real tree.
  • Ensure tinsel or artificial icicles are of non-leaded material.
  • Leaded materials may be hazardous if eaten by children or pets.
  • Avoid decorations that tend to break easily or have sharp edges.
  • Keep tree trimmings that are small or have removable parts out of the reach of small children. These pieces may be swallowed.
  • Clean the tree stand to improve the tree’s water intake; do not let the tree be out of water for more than two minutes.
  • Dispose of the tree properly - NEVER BURN IT IN THE FIREPLACE.

Merry Christmas - Have A Safe & Happy Holiday!
Chapel Hill Fire Department

Special thanks to Randolph Fire & Emergency Services for sharing this presentation.

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