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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.
- Use 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.