Winter Park Fire-Rescue LogoBack To Top

Ensure Your Christmas Tree Doesn't Become A Hazard!

Posted on 12/15/2020

Keep in mind that a small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large, very quickly. Ensure your Christmas tree doesn't become a hazard with these easy tips. When picking a Christmas tree, you will want to choose one with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

When placing your tree, be sure to cut 2” from the base of the trunk. Ensure the tree is a minimum of three feet away from any heat source. Heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights. A heat source too close to the tree causes more than one in every five fires. Be sure to add water to the tree stand daily and ensure it is not impeding any exits.

Electrical problems cause almost one-third of home Christmas tree fires. Although these fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. Always use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Bear in mind that some lights are specific to only indoor or outdoor use. Be sure to replace any string of lights that have worn, broken cords, or loose bulb connections. Never use candles to decorate a tree. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas, please dispose of your tree when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard. They should not be left in the home or garage or placed outside against the house. Be sure to bring all outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

Be sure to check with the City of Winter Park Sustainability Program to find the best way to recycle your tree.