Fires involving fresh Christmas trees are more common than artificial tree fires. That’s partly because fresh Christmas trees dry out over time, making them more flammable the longer they’re in the home; a dried-out Christmas tree will burn much more quickly than a well-watered one.
Here are some key reminders:
- For a fresh tree, cut 2 inches (5 cm) from the base of the trunk before placing it in the stand. Add water daily to keep the tree well hydrated.
- Trees should be placed at least 3 feet (1 m) away from any heat source, such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit, such as a door or window.
- Ensure that decorative lights are in good working order and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.